Ascent of Pikes Peak on 2018-09-06

Climber: Richard Mclellan

Others in Party:Denise Mclellan -- Trip Report or GPS Track
Date:Thursday, September 6, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Pikes Peak
    Elevation:14110 ft / 4300 m

Ascent Trip Report

We set out from the Barr Trail car park next to the Cog railway station in Manitou Springs. There’s parking for ~50 vehicles and plenty of free spaces today. We pay for 2 days parking. ($5/day) Excellent well graded and signed trail through woodland is busy with descending runners for the first 2 miles. Apparently ascending ‘The Incline’ and descending Barr trail is a popular running route. After a fairly leisurely 4hrs and stopping for lunch on the way we arrive at Barr camp. Black clouds smoother mountains with frequent rolls of thunder starting just before midday and moderate rain by the time we arrive at Barr camp. Sunshine late afternoon, heavy rain in evening. Barr camp quiet and we get a place and dinner in the hut. There's a bear proof food locker outside the hut for those camping.

We depart for the summit at 05:15 the following morning under clear star filled skies, +3degC. Good trail continues but not as well defined as trail below hut - watch for the switch backs some of which aren't that obvious in darkness. Fine sunrise over sea of cloud in valleys, icy snow at 3500m. Reach tree line 07:00, 3650m and good path with 10cm of frozen snow ascends the gentle angled E couloir. We’d hoped for the summit to ourselves but the road had been ploughed and re-opened and even at 10:00 there were plenty of folk around. Major construction work is being carried out extending the café and gift shop with significant quantities of excavated rock being dumped on the car park, the highest point now being several metres higher than the car park. (N38.84037deg, W104.79414deg) I guess the summit will be landscaped once the work is completed. The cog railway is also currently undergoing refurbishment and is reported as not reopening in the foreseeable future. We enjoy the extensive views, visit the survey mark on the shoulder of the E ridge just below the summit and return via Barr Trail. Clouds spill in by midday and rain and thunder in afternoon. Back at car park 17:00.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:7420 ft / 2261 m
    Total Elevation Loss:7420 ft / 2261 m
    Round-Trip Distance:23.8 mi / 38.3 km
    Quality:6 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Snow on Ground
    Gear Used:
Hut Camp
    Nights Spent:1 nights away from roads
    Weather:Rain and thunder in afternoon, Clearand sunny in morning. Snow > 3500m
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:7420 ft / 2261 m
    Distance:11.9 mi / 19.2 km
    Route:Barr Trail
    Start Trailhead:Barr Trail car park  6690 ft / 2039 m
    Time:23 Hours 
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:7420 ft / 2261 m
    Distance:11.9 mi / 19.2 km
    Route:As ascent
    End Trailhead:As start point  6690 ft / 2039 m
    Time:5 Hours 50 Minutes
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