The nice view of 10er Cameron Cone, a prominent peak on the CO Springs skyline.
The east face of Pikes with just a dusting of snow.
Sign in at Barr Camp.
Barr Camp, which is always a busy place on Sat.
I met these two young hikers with their dad about a mile above Barr Camp. The boy is 10 and the girl is 8. I encouraged them to give it their best shot and I later congratulated them in the summit house! 13 miles and 7500 feet in a day!
Nice views on the way to Bottomless Pit.
Rumdoodle Ridge above Bottomless Pit. This would be my 10th route in Pikes.
I'm used to seeing this waterfall snowed under in the spring. It's just now starting to freeze.
The strip of old snow visible on Pikes north face is the Y couloir.
Cliffs above the Bottomless Pit.
Scree slog to Rumdoodle Ridge.
Nice view of the north face from Rumdoodle Ridge.
Lower portion of Rumdoodle Ridge, which can be kept at class 3. Lots of fun boulders to play on.
Profile of the lower part of the n.e. ridge.
Blocky terrain on Rumdoodle.
Looking down Rumdoodle.
A cool view looking north.
Another north face view.
Nearing the top of Rumdoodle Ridge. I went up the little bump on the left, which I dubbed "East Little Pikes."
Looking down Rumdoodle Ridge.
Pikes from "East Little Pikes." I followed the n.w. ridge directly, while the trail is slightly below.
Looking across the north face.
The upper portion of the n.e. ridge.
The top of the Y couloir far right branch.
Y couloir right branch
Y couloir middle branch. Looks a lot steeper with minimal snow.
Pikes true summit. It was a busy day as all trains going down were full. I got a ride down to save the knees!
One way GPS track