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#4557008 - 10/28/17 10:05 AM Hiking Pike's Peak in Late November
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Registered: 07/08/12
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Cousin wants to go hike Pike's Peak the weekend after Thanksgiving. We're both in good shape, so that won't be an issue. Just wondering about snow, really.

So, doable?
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#4557012 - 10/28/17 10:13 AM Re: Hiking Pike's Peak in Late November [Re: john_pifer]
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Registered: 10/11/02
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Loc: Colorado Springs
http://www.wildernesswanderings.net/2014/02/pikes-peak-barr-trail-winter-expedition.html

It would most likely need to be a 2 day trip since snow will slow you down a lot, and the lack of daylight will limit your progress.

I've done it once in the summer and it's a LONG round trip hike in perfect conditions. I wouldn't do it in the cold unless I planned staying overnight.

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#4557016 - 10/28/17 10:17 AM Re: Hiking Pike's Peak in Late November [Re: john_pifer]
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#4557054 - 10/28/17 10:45 AM Re: Hiking Pike's Peak in Late November [Re: john_pifer]
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#4557080 - 10/28/17 11:06 AM Re: Hiking Pike's Peak in Late November [Re: john_pifer]
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Registered: 03/03/11
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Loc: California's Wine Country
My family and I are are Cali born and raised, but we lived in Colorado for 2 1/2 years (2000-2002). The people in Colorado are truly great folks. Props to them!

However, Coloradans take "great pride" in the fact that you can die of exposure somewhere in Colorado 365 days a year. As Kuato said, "BE PREPARED!"

One thing I can tell you from personal experience, the weather can change quickly in Colorado. It can be sunny and hot one moment, but then become biting cold with blowing snow flurries JUST ONE HOUR LATER. And with all the high mountains, you don't see the impending weather change until it's right on top of you!

Besides the weather, the altitude will be big factor too, even if you are physically fit.

Treat that hike of yours with great respect. I cannot over emphasize that statement.

Scott

PS Personally, I think late November it too late to embark on your Pikes Peak adventure.
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#4557154 - 10/28/17 12:05 PM Re: Hiking Pike's Peak in Late November [Re: SLO_Town]
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Registered: 06/04/02
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Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: SLO_Town
My family and I are are Cali born and raised, but we lived in Colorado for 2 1/2 years (2000-2002). The people in Colorado are truly great folks. Props to them!

However, Coloradans take "great pride" in the fact that you can die of exposure somewhere in Colorado 365 days a year. As Kuato said, "BE PREPARED!"

One thing I can tell you from personal experience, the weather can change quickly in Colorado. It can be sunny and hot one moment, but then become biting cold with blowing snow flurries JUST ONE HOUR LATER. And with all the high mountains, you don't see the impending weather change until it's right on top of you!

Besides the weather, the altitude will be big factor too, even if you are physically fit.

Treat that hike of yours with great respect. I cannot over emphasize that statement.

Scott

PS Personally, I think late November it too late to embark on your Pikes Peak adventure.


I lived in Colorado back in the 70's and spent a lot of time hiking through the Rockies. The above is excellent advice.
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#4557202 - 10/28/17 12:42 PM Re: Hiking Pike's Peak in Late November [Re: john_pifer]
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Registered: 09/06/07
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Loc: TX, USA
Just remember, that there are less and less oxygen (O2) as you go higher in elevation.
That can cause dizyness and headache.

That is the preparation needs to be, not just physical but the ability to breathe with less oxygen.
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#4557240 - 10/28/17 01:05 PM Re: Hiking Pike's Peak in Late November [Re: john_pifer]
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Registered: 05/26/14
Posts: 3395
Loc: Columbus,Nebraska
Wait until summer. Rescue people have enough to do with real emergencies and don't need to have be out looking for people who shouldn't be out in the first place. Saw that many, many times in our twenty some years around Steamboat Springs.

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