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Jul 27 2020
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 Joined Oct 04 2012
 Phoenix, AZ
The Crags Trail #644South Central, CO
South Central, CO
Hiking avatar Jul 27 2020
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Hiking5.27 Miles 604 AEG
Hiking5.27 Miles   1 Hour   57 Mns   2.70 mph
604 ft AEG
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LOVED this trail. It was a bit busy, but once I got maybe 15 min from the parking lot I didn't have to hike in a crowd. The formations, valleys and mountainscapes were just breathtaking.
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 Fountain Hills,
Pikes Peak from Crags CG THSouth Central, CO
South Central, CO
Hiking avatar Jul 17 2020
DixieFlyer
Hiking14.60 Miles 4,459 AEG
Hiking14.60 Miles   8 Hrs   28 Mns   2.10 mph
4,459 ft AEG   1 Hour   30 Mns Break
 
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On the second day of hiking in CO, I decided to hike up to Pike's Peak. I started and ended the hike at the Crag's TH, which is at about 10,000 feet in elevation. The last 3.5 miles or so to the TH is on a well-graded unpaved road that most any car could drive on (at least on the day that I did the hike).

You start off going uphill right off the bat, so there is no warmup on this one. The grade for the first couple of miles is not too steep though. After 2 miles, the trail steepens quite a bit for about 1.4 miles -- you gain about 1,700 feet in elevation during that stretch. It gets really steep for about the last half mile of this segment once above the treeline -- you climb about 700 feet over that 1/2 mile; in addition to the steepness of this section of trail, the terrain is pretty tough: lots of rock and small boulders to negotiate. Once past this section, you are on a ridgeline at about 12,700 feet, and for about the next 2.5 miles you are hiking in an alpine meadow that only gains about 400 feet in elevation. The views are nice, but you do cross a paved road that goes up to the top of Pikes Peak, and the trail parallels the road for a while. The views are still nice, but the wilderness feel of the hike is gone by that point.

The trail steepens over the last mile to the summit as you gain about 1,000 feet in elevation. The last half mile is basically rock hopping across a boulder field. At the summit, there are buildings, cars, construction cranes, and a fair number of people; so the summit was anti-climatic for me. I thought that the journey was nice, the destination not so much.

On the way back I came across 15-20 bighorn sheep about 700 feet below the summit, and it was cool seeing them. Hat tip to @tibber for the identification!
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Nov 01 2016
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 Pike National Fo
Pikes Peak via Sentinel Point, CO 
Pikes Peak via Sentinel Point, CO
 
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Hiking16.46 Miles 6,222 AEG
Hiking16.46 Miles   9 Hrs   9 Mns   1.87 mph
6,222 ft AEG      22 Mns Break
 
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Planned this hike last week, but didn't have enough time and did the Crags instead. This hike is mostly offtrail starting at Horsethief falls trailhead. I skipped sentinel point until the return since I had to traverse part way up Sentinel point to make the loop. I ran into two campers on the ring to peak in the am and two people summiting behind me from the Crags with their dogs. There wasn't even 15 people in the shop up top. I planned to take a ridgeline to the Crags trail, but realized it wouldn't work so I then decided to drop into the massive canyon and go up the other side adding AEG, but reducing miles and the trail along the toll road. This hike has it all 2 summits, mines, high alpine tundra, waterfalls, and even more than the pumpkin loop this let's you see the scale of how big this mountain is while making it more of a wilderness experience. I did not map or route scout this I just winged it, but it turned out to be an enjoyable hike with no major surprises except how PUMPKIN cold it was at the top.
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Jul 12 2016
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Pikes Peak Pumpkin loop, CO 
Pikes Peak Pumpkin loop, CO
 
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Hiking37.68 Miles 9,676 AEG
Hiking37.68 Miles   18 Hrs   8 Mns   2.40 mph
9,676 ft AEG   2 Hrs   27 Mns Break
 
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I don't need no stinking shuttle or Pumpkin loop revised to be a little less pumpkin

Took this off the calendar mainly because of smoke from all the forest fires burning in the area. It became apparent half way up Heizer that although it was clear at the house the winds were blowing smoke into the Springs and consequently the first few Miles of the Barr trail which made it kind of hard to breath. Once I got above the treeline it was better. I'm not going to lie even w/ adjustments so it's not off trail it's a pumpkin. It could be done as a two or three day depending on your aversion to death marches. There is camping at the Barr camp and a sign that says no camping w/ in 100' of the trail so I guess you could forgo the overnight fee at Barr Camp and still use the toilets for free if you wanted to. Also, camp sites all around The crags trailhead and camp ground, as well as Ring the Peak.

Above the treeline it was nice lots of Marmots, Flowers, and green. The views along the Ring to Peak which I missed when I did this counterclockwise are great. Views of the other side of Pikes Peak Most people don't see as well as views of the continental divide coming down the crags.
It was pretty hot along the ring to peak and I filtered 48 ounces on top of the 80 ounces I brought and the 16 ounce Gatorade I drank up top. Used it all. Nice hike I probably won't do again for awhile.

Hike basically follows Heizer trail to 638 which comes out across the sign 7.8 to summit on Barr to crags down and Ring the Peak to Mt. Esther. Pretty easy to follow well marked. Last half mile to Barr on 638 is in pretty bad shape and the crags trail coming off the ridge to the treeline is washed out in several places and slick especially on tired legs.
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