With the epic pinnacle of Pikes Peak reaching 14,115 feet into the sky, everyone that visits the Colorado Springs region wants to reach the top. So, whether you are a hiker, a day-tripper, or a thrill-seeker, these are all the ways to visit this infamous peak.
The most classic way to reach the top of Pikes Peak is to drive the 19 miles of beautiful scenic roads that provide scenic views from every vantage point as you make your way higher and higher into the sky to the best overlook of all.
For the hiker’s in the bunch, this is a 13 mile, one-way hike. It’s recommended to leave early in the morning so you reach the peak before the mid-day storms. With forestry, rock formations, and unbeatable views from the summit, this option is for the true nature lover.
A beautiful overlook on your way up and down the mountain. When the railroad re-opens, request Mountain View stop. From there you can take a short trail that will lead you to the camp. You also have the option of finishing the rest of the Barr Trail, which is roughly 6.5 miles downhill. And, fun fact, this is the highest hiking cabin!
A much newer, shorter and some say prettier trail than the Barr Trail. With all these positives going for it, it’s the perfect option for those that want the beauty of nature without the excruciating bits.
Rolling in next year May 2021, take a train to Pikes Peak!
If you want to feel the thrill of a racing cyclist but are not interested in the grueling ride up, take a tour that will allow you to bike down the mountain. The winding turns are exciting, continuous, and a thrilling way to experience such a grand peak. Keep in mind that this option is mostly downhill, but not entirely. You will be required to pedal a little but not nearly as much as the incline.
Things to check out along the way:
A quiet oasis glimmering near the Pike’s Peak highway, and a great spot for fishing. This is a beautiful viewing spot of the Pikes Peak Mountain, along with the gorgeous creek.
This small wooded picnic area is 3 miles from the Pike’s Peak highway. Disappear into the woods of the Mount Esther Trail, it’s a 6-mile round trip hike. Enjoy the wildflower field meadows during the spring and summer months.
The trail begins at a small streamside town of Green Mountain Falls and ends at the South Catamount Reservoir. The end of the trail is a mossy green lush looking paradise that will make you feel like you have found heaven on earth.