Towering 14,110 feet above Colorado Springs, this mountain serves as one of the nation's most famous landmarks. Access to the ... More
Towering 14,110 feet above Colorado Springs, this mountain serves as one of the nation's most famous landmarks. Access to the summit can be obtained via the Pike's Peak Cog Railway, or by driving the Pikes Peak Highway which winds through stands of pine and aspen before cresting above tree line. Katherine Lee Bates was so moved by her visit to the summit that it inspired her to pen "America the Beautiful." Bring a jacket as the temperature is about 20 degrees cooler up top.
I think hiking is the best way, but the Cog is the easiest (and most expensive). Please note that you do not get to stay more than about 45 minutes on the top because the air is so thin that most people get light-headed after this amount of time. While the mountain views are the best on the three seat side, the big-horn sheep usually are on the two seat side and the view on the top is best on the two seat side so both can be good.
Usually mornings in the summer are better because the thunderstorms roll in mid-afternoon. Also, call ahead for reservations as it is very popular.
When I went to Pikes Peak only 13 of the 19 miles were open. However, it was an amazing adventure and I will definately go back. I recommend stopping for all the views and take your time. If you drive, be aware that this is not for novice drivers. My 2004 Cavalier took Pikes Peak pretty well, so don't hesitate with a smaller car.
I recently went on a hiking trip up Pike's Peak with my unit. It took about 7 hours to complete the 13+ mile trip up Barr trail. The views were breath taking! Along with the solitude and peacefulness of nature it was definitely worth the cost, 0 dollars.
The trip on Pikes Peak was great! If you love seeing beautiful mountains and trees and great scenery - you will love it. Bring your camera for some awesome pictures from the top. We rode the cog railway. We were on the left side of the train (with 3 seats), and the views were much better there. I wish we could have stayed at the top a little longer. Don't waste your money on the donuts - they are bad.
The view is just spectacular. We rode the cog train up and back which was an experience in it's self. At the top when we got out you had to stand a moment and get your bearings. After that we were just fine. Standing on the top while looking out from the peak someone had came up and was playing the bagpipes, they played Amazing Grace which was just the neatest thing.
I was very impressed with the road on pikes peak. Looks like they are still trying to make improvements also. The view from the summit is like nothing i have ever seen. The family absolutely loved it. Yes the air is thin and even in july, a bit cool. I would recommend this trip to anyone who has never been to the Peak. The sight will leave you in awe. We will definitely return if we have the chance to do it again.
If you haven't been up to Pike Peak you are missing out..The view is something else..it will take your breath away..I don't like the drive up..it is very nerve raking..but once you get up there it is worth the drive.
I would recommend the cog railway. Driving up is very, very hard on your brakes! When we got to the top on the railway we could stay as long as we wanted and catch any train back. There were delicious donuts and hot chocolate that the kids enjoyed. Don't forget your camera for the awesome view!!
Wish I could say something about the place, was perfectly willing to spring for tickets, wait in line and burn daylight. Yes, City Fathers, to see Pikes Peak, in all it's glory would have been nice, trouble is? Ya'll didn't bother to put up nice little signs at major intersections, for us anoxic tourists to follow, I got lost and found the freeway first. maybe next time.
Pikes Peak is steeped in legend and history. It dominates the Colorado Springs skyline and the view from the top is unparalleled. There are 3 ways to get to the top--driving (my least favorite), the cog railway (expensive) and hiking. Barr Trail is not an easy hike by any means, but it is trail all the way to the top--not scrambling or technical work necessary to reach the top. If you make it, try the one of a kind doughnuts that are only made at the high altitude snack bar.
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