Summary: From the parking lot walk across the road back to the Northeast side and look for the hikers path that begins by paralleling the road. Do not hike on the road as you will be fined by the Pikes Peak Toll Road authorities that regularly patrol the road. The path will take a more direct route to the summit than the road. By hiking this path you will have the time to enjoy the views and the thin air. The last stretch of this hike goes up the steep pitch to the summit. Here you must be careful to look for cairns (rock stacks) so that you don't loose the trail. Once at the summit house enjoy some food from Colorado's highest restaurant before you begin your hike back to your car.
Trailhead: From Colorado Springs take Highway 24 West to the town of Cascade. At a stoplight you will see a sign for the Pikes Peak Toll Road. Follow the signs to take the toll road up to Devils Playground. The current rate for the road is $20 per car. At Devils Playground you will find a large parking lot on the right (Southwest) side. Park your car here. During Spring and Fall the road is frequently closed at this point so this hike may be your only access to the summit. (Lat:38.86389 Lon:-105.06805)
Trail Guides for Pikes Peak from Devils Playground:
by Gerry Roach (Fulcrum Publishing)
Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Summer,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Pikes Peak Ranger District (719) 636-1602
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Joshua Friesema, who has posted 97 other hikes on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
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Reviewed by Carl on 7/3/2010
Trail was more difficult than expected, especially the last 500 yards but well worth the trip. If you're not used to the high altitudes, i.e. from Texas be prepared for feeling a little woozy at 14,110 feet!
Reviewed by Roberta on 7/28/2007
We loved this hike. Spectacular views. The last quarter of the hike was steep and coverred in large rocks. Mountain climbing skills are not required (ha, ha) But, it was a good workout climbing up the rocks. We really enjoyed looking for the cairns. Be prepared for a significant temp drop. Bring LOTS of water. Extra caution needed if raining and foggy. Not necessarily for the novice, but if you've ever hiked more than 3 miles you should be ok.
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