Manitou Springs->Pikes Peak Summit->Crags TH->Pikes Peak Summit->Manitou Springs...FUN!
Likely could have saved an hour if the summit construction didn’t cause such an egregious detour, but it will be a beautiful summit house once done. I’ll definitely try this again once construction is complete! I lucked out on the weather, despite the iced over talus field descending down to Crags in the morning, re-ascending I had clear blue skies. This route feels like an inverted R2R2R and an incredible challenge of mental fortitude.
For me, there was no water above 10.5k on Barr Trail or above 10.9k on Crags Trail and it was hot (high 70's). Nonetheless, a beautiful day spent in the alpine.