Elevation

14,115 ft / 4,302 m

Prominence

5,530 ft / 1,685 m

Summits

219 summits

Top climbing months

August   23%

July   22%

June   20%

Most climbed route

Barr Trail

Class 1

Highlights

  • Pikes Peak is a famous Colorado 14er in the Front Range.
  • Much of its fame is due to its location along the eastern edge of the Rockies, serving as a visible landmark far into the Great Plains.
  • The standard Class 1 route is the 13 mile Barr Trail from Manitou Springs.
  • Don't expect solitude at the summit -- an auto road and cog railway bring bevies of tourists to the elaborate summit building.
  • Drivers race up the road in a famous annual race called the Pikes Peak International Hill Climb.
  • The peak is also the annual site of the Pikes Peak Marathon on the Barr Trail.
  • For purists, look for the actual summit in the middle of a talus field beside the parking lot.
"Had the pleasure to hike and summit with my buddy Kyle. It was his first 14er summit, after several attempts. It was the best day for hiking Pike's. We hiked out of the Craigs Campground. Made it an out and back in about 8 hours. We had to dredge though some snow, but not much, just enough to make it sloppy. Enjoyed the hot chocolate and the donuts at the top." - Brandon-Shinsplint-, Jun 17, 2017
"I began the hike at 2:20 am at the Barr trail starting point. It was my first time hiking at night, so I was a little nervous, but figured this trail is heavily used and pretty safe. I made great time for awhile, but had to slow considerably during the final two miles due to altitude. I summited at 8:07 am, spent about 20 minutes at the top, then began to descend. I had to take it easy on the descent, and ended up getting swelling in my hands and forearms. The altitude really got me, as this was the highest I have ever been. It was a great hike though." - ZachTeich, Jul 5, 2016
"Beautiful Trip from the Crags TH up to the summit. Left TH at Approx 0430. Summited at 0900. Back down by 1200. Overcast but comfortable temps and great people along the trail! First 14er!" - grizzlyclimber, Aug 8, 2015
"My first 14er! Took the Crags campground trail with my daughter and her boyfriend and made it to the top in just under 4 1/2 hours. Summited just before noon. Got caught in a violent hailstorm that formed right on top of us on the descent at about 13,500 feet. Traversed to the highway and was picked up by a Good Samaritan who drove us down to Devil's Playground, where we quickly scurried down the trail and took shelter under a rock outcropping until the storm passed. Hiked the rest of the way back to the trailhead in good weather." - TakinIt2Type2, Jul 4, 2015
"26 mile round trip. We had originally planned to start at 2 a.m., but made a few wrong turns driving there and didn't end up putting any ground behind us until 5-ish. We packed very heavily (our packs were about 60 pounds each) and brought enough gear so we could camp on the mountain if we got to the final stretch and the weather didn't look safe at the top. We made it to the final 3 miles at treeline around 3 p.m.. Normally you would want to be at the top no latter then noon to avoid the very dangerous afternoon storms that happen virtually every day on mountains of this size. It was an unusu" - IanWright, Jun 30, 2015

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