|challenging||6-8 Hours||3,100 feet||9,950 feet||9 miles||pikes peak|
This trail follows the standard hiking route up the Western side of Pikes Peak to 13,100 feet where you will be rewarded with peaceful forests, an exhilarating climb, a close-up look of Devil’s Playground and amazing views of the Continental Divide! This is considered the classic route to summit Pikes Peak and is much shorter with less elevation gain than the Barr trail approach on the Eastern face of Pikes Peak.
“This trail is breath taking (in several ways). Once you get closer to the summit, you’ll see a view below of mountain ranges miles away, plus you can see the snowy tops of the mountains nearby. It definitely takes you by surprise the first time you get up there and is well worth the climb. Unfortunately, towards the top the trail become pronounced and there is quite a bit of snow (late May). I highly recommend this trail.”
“Great hike, very steep incline towards the last stretch. The views headed up the mountain are amazing. There are a few areas with loose rock so hiking poles were handy but not required. You can add on Pikes Peak to this hike where you will cross the toll road at Devils Playground at the top. Expect some winds & cooler temps at the top. I experienced brief rain late afternoon. Temp was closer to high 40’s with strong winds & mid 70’s & sunny at the start & lower elevations.”