Dangerous mountain trails



The Gazette, Colorado Springs



The two beautiful pictures showing obscure Pikes Peak trails in mid-september pose a danger to people like the father-son team I observed asking detailed questions at the sports store about summiting Pikes Peak via Barr Trail. It was clear they knew nothing about alpine preparedness. Among the many Rocky Mountain newcomers, some will look at the leafy green, but very rugged trail and conclude that T Shirts, tennis shoes and short pants in September are OK. They are not. The trio depicted are a danger to themselves, and to the people sent to rescue or recover them. In the future, please include a warning that even in mid summer, weather at altitude can be deadly. Otherwise, this is a great article on lesser known trails on the peak. Dave Vandenberg Colorado Springs