Autumn cometh

Pikes Peak summit last night at 6 pm
Pikes Peak summit last night at 6 pm. Click for current view.

It’s still pretty warm in the Denver metro. Lots of days in the 90s, though more often now in the 80s. But there’s hope in them thar hills. Some of the peaks have been getting snow this week. These screenshots from Pikes Peak webcams show the snow up there last night and this morning. It’s the third time in a week for snow on the summit. I don’t know how tourists feel about it when they get up there. Snow in August is probably a novelty for out-of-staters … unless they were hoping for the typically great view from the 14,114-foot summit.

Pikes Peak summit rail stop this morning
Pikes Peak summit rail stop this morning. Click for current view.

On the summit:

Pikes Peak panoramic cams
Pikes Peak cog railway summit stop
Summit weather station with current conditions


P.S. This was a few minutes ago, at 2:11 pm. Whee!


11 thoughts on “Autumn cometh

      1. If by “out-of-staters” you meant people-who-feel-moral-indignation-about-inclement-weather, then I am compelled to say, it seems to me that a person of, ah, the Northern Hemisphere could be delighted and even gratified to experience what’s really the lightest sort of snow during the summer. Build a mini snowman, yes? The size of a Barbie 🙂

        1. Don’t laugh. I’ve seen it happen several times. There are always snow patches up on Trail Ridge Road and often there will be a small snowman next to them. And I remember quite well how, as a child, I loved getting snowed on in August (when there were 100-degree days back home).

    1. Yes, on this particular mountain. It’s a cog railway, meaning it has cogs that grip a track between the rails because the slopes are so steep. During the day, if you check the railway webcam, you’re very likely to see a red train stopped there. If there’s no train, you can see the tracks. There are lots of pictures on Google. The Wikipedia article goes into more detail, history, etc. And by the way, the train runs year ’round.
      You know, I’ve never ridden the train. Have driven up every time I’ve gone. I must try the train one of these days.

        1. Our problem is that most of our population is crowded into a narrow strip along the Front Range — Colorado Springs, Denver, Boulder, Longmont, Fort Collins. And more keep coming to the same area. If only they’d spread out …

... and that's my two cents