Elevation

14,115 ft / 4,302 m

Prominence

5,530 ft / 1,685 m

Summits

221 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, the annual route of the daunting Pikes Peak Marathon.
  • Don't expect solitude at the summit -- an auto road and cog railway (now defunct) 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.
  • For purists, look for the actual summit in the middle of a talus field beside the parking lot.
"Beautiful day for a hike to the summit of Pikes Peak. Sun was out zero precipitation but High winds and cold made taking pictures challenging and undesirable. I started out from the Crags trail head to summit Pikes via Devils playground at 6AM and made it to the summit by 9:05AM as the day warmed up I managed to ditch my gloves and take some pictures on the way back to the trail head. Completion time was just after 12:00 noon. So it was about three hours up and three hours down. " - jouv236, Apr 30, 2018
"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

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