Pikes Peak

El Paso County, Colorado

Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Pikes Peak, the mountain that inspired the famous poem “America the Beautiful,” is a mountaineering institution for local Colorado Springs alpinists. While it’s the most easily accessed summit in the state of Colorado (via motor vehicle), and most of the hiking routes, such as Barr and Crags Trails, are nothing more than Class 1 walkups, Pikes’s north face holds a handful of interesting mountaineering routes. Once upon a time, Pikes Peak was the home of a primitive ski resort until it disbanded and closed down in 1984. This classic little gem was only open on weekends and featured a handful of interesting runs with great views. We even heard the owners of the resort would cook chili at their home and feed hungry skiers on the mountain throughout the day.

Due to too many seasons of inconsistent snow accumulations, the resort had to shut its doors, but you can still see remnants of the old ski runs on Pikes’s flanks from afar. These ski relics are a symbol of early Colorado ski culture and a testament to the fact that you truly can make turns just about anywhere in the Rockies provided you have good snow."

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Trail Information

El Paso County
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
Year-round. Best early April to early June.
14,110 feet
Trailhead Elevation
14,110 feet
Top Elevation
Trails Illustrated #137: Pikes Peak, Canon City; USGS: Pikes Peak.
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