Pikes Peak via Barr Trail (14,110 ft)
Barr Trail is long trail up Pikes Peak. Starting in Manitou Springs at 6,600 feet, it climbs 7500 ft up over the course of about 25 miles round trip (27 miles if you have to park a mile away from the trailhead). Our group of 12 decided two nights at Barr Camp was in order, where the camp hosts prepared pancakes and spaghetti for weary travellers and a cabin (full of snorers, unfortunately) allowed us to forgoe packing our tents up the mountain. With two hikers from sea level (one from California, the other from Maryland) and 4 first-time 14er hikers, we managed to get just about everyone up to the summit. It was a great hike, topped by eating a celebratory donut at the summit!
The blue group: Kristy, Mike, Andy, and Ken Somehow we ended up with a large group of blue hikers, and red hikers... it"s almost like an election! The group at the trailhead Mike applies sunscreen to Andy...Andy is perhaps enjoying it too much? Brian at the trailhead Hiking up the trail Sharon Venus Andy and Mike have fun with a wheelbarrow along the trail Pikes off in the distance Kristy and Lisa Barr Camp Alan relaxes at camp The main cabin at Barr Camp Venus and Sharon arrive at camp Andy relaxes after the hike Brad and Lisa Ken relaxes by the stream Brian, Shari, and Andy Kristy, Alan, and Pam Mike Kristy and Venus in the upper cabin A view of the upper cabin Lisa and Brian Shari and Brad Alan, Lisa, Kristy, and Pam set off for the summit Sunrise along the trail Alan, Kristy, and Lisa on the trail The summit about 2000 ft above us The A-Frame shelter at tree line Lisa on the trail Kristy and the summit Brian Alan and Kristy Looking southward over the southern cirque The long traverse across the face of Pikes A fuzzy marmot The 1500ft high southern wall of the southern cirque The start of the 16 Golden Stairs (32 switchbacks) The maintenance train at the summit Looking back on the trail from the near summit A train of tourists arrives Brian arrives on the summit Lisa and Brian on the summit Kristy arrives on the summit Brian and Lisa The very end of the cog railway Clouds drift upwards from the face of Pikes The trail below Alan and Pam enjoy a burger on the summit Kristy hiking down Alan, Brad, Shari, Mike, Andy, and Pam Clouds wisp over the trail Lisa and Kristy Alan, Brad, Pam, Andy, Shari, and Mike on the summit Brad Venus and Ken arrive on the summit Switchbacks everywhere Andy Brian The clouds finally catch up to us Kristy, Lisa, and Sharon hike down through treeline The famed butt rock Kristy, Mike, and Andy relax in front of the upper cabin The Barr Camp switchback bread Shari, Brad, and Mike at Barr Camp Andy, Lisa, Alan, and another hiker at Barr Camp Venus's blisters The stream running through Barr Camp One of many hummingbirds at camp Ken and Venus enjoying breakfast A squirrel contemplates signing the log book Triage corner: Venus and Pam bandage their blisters The group Boots! Mike and Andy and a tripod: recipe for amusement Lisa and Brian Brad points out where we hiked to A mariposa lily Looking down on the group from a few switchbacks up Lisa under a rock fall Alan, Kristy, and Pam Lisa Looking out on Colorado Springs from about 9000 ft Andy at the trailhead Pam and her blistered foot Mike and his man purse Brad Pikes from Garden of the Gods Lisa, Pam, and Kristy