Hiked to the Barr camp on Saturday September 25, 2004 and spent the night at the camp. The hike was very easy and the trail was as good as any I've hiked. Sunday September 26, 2004 my Dad and I were on the trail at 5:45am and made the summit in 4.5 hours with a long break along the way. After spending an hour on the summit and eating a doughnut in the cafeteria we started on our way down. 2.5 hours to the Barr camp and then another 2 hours to the car. This was my 53rd 14er summit which now just leaves Culebra.
It was cold and windy, but the sky was so clear: no rain, no thunderstorm; blue sky. I stayed there for couple hours. Saw people getting out from the tram, took some nice pictures.
We started at 4 AM, and we got to watch the sunrise from Devil's Playground. Absolutely stunning views! This was my first 14er, and I'm looking forward to many more.
I started out at 6:00 am towards the Barr Camp. After recahing the Barr Camp, we camped in bivy's to get use to the altitude. In the moring we hiked to the shelter (base camp) and ditched our heavy items. After hiding out stuff, we hiked the rest of the way to the top. After an hour break at the top, we hiked back down and stayed the night at the shelter. In the moring we hiked out. WOW!!!! This is a great climb!!!!
We drove up that road there in about 1967. A tour service brought us up and I'll never forget getting up there in that ol' black 60s car. Plus, I recall seeing the white Pikes Peak from the distance. I was only about 3 years old.
Beautiful day along a great route. This was my 3rd summit of Pikes via my 3rd route. Had to hurry to avoid sudden thunderstorms on the way down.
Great day to go to the top, despite late start. Route finding was a little difficult with all the snow that is still up there. Had a bacon cheeseburger and fries at the summit restaurant that were not half bad! Great company on the way down with Jim and Tim.
my final 14er for the grand slam, actually 55th at the time. uneventful, but satisfying.
The Barr Trail, albeit busy, was a wonderful hike. We backpacked up to Barr Camp the first day and day hiked up the next. Great hike...the top is a little anti-climatic as you have to find the summit in the middle of a parking lot, but that's the way it goes.
Climbed solo, one-day from Barr Trailhead. Reached Barr Camp after 2hrs 20min...summit after 7hrs 15min. I was fifth to summit that day and followed everyone else's route straight up the East Face which was soft and fairly deep. Strangely, nobody else was using snowshoes.
My second time to summit (on foot), first time to descend on foot. I recommend this route over the Barr Trail, by far. Driving up the road is enjoyable too, if you're not into hiking.
We hiked on bare ground for much of this hike, which was a surprise to me at the time. I didn't know Pikes gets so little snow. A trip report is available here.
The trip was worth the look on the faces of the geriatrics crew piling off of the train with ice hanging from the beard and an axe in hand!!! The Care takers at the camp were all over the dognuts that we took back from the summit!
Wow, what a long day and a big first mountain to climb. Did this on a whim while in Colorado for a bike race.
Hiked this in two days with a camp at Barr camp.
Not too bad, but the inital swtichbacks were killer with all the gear I
had. Probably almost 60lbs worth, since I brought snowshoes and
some technical gear since I had intended to do the north face
couloirs, which had _NO_ snow in them!
Will probably come back here and do it in one day. Its really
neat to ascend so far in a single day. The only climb which
compares is Blanca in this regard.
UPDATE: Came back, here's the trip report of the one day ascent.
Long but doable day hike from Manitou.
Nice little hike. Barr camp is a "must do" for the day hiker.
This was my first peak expirence at age 16.
Long hike, I was pretty tired after this one even though I got to catch a ride back down to my car. Would never have made it back down in day light w/o the ride.
Flew from Boston to Colorado to visit a friend. We hiked Rocky Mountain National Park and then met up with another friend to tackle Pike's Peak. It was so inspiring, I moved to Colorado for a year before returning to Boston.