Pikes Peak is arguably the most accessible 14er for the masses due to the paved road to the summit.

Pikes Peak Summit

Pikes Peak Summit
Mom doesn’t understand what all the 14er fuss is about since she tagged this one without even breathing hard!


There is also a cog wheel train you can take from the town of Manitou Springs outside of Colorado Springs – this is how Chris, Nikki and the kids came up when I met them at the summit in 2021. They dropped me at the lower trailhead the day before, I backpacked up with an overnight at Barr Camp and met them at the summit the following day – good fun for everyone!
We did the drive up so we weren’t tied to the train schedules, plus the trains are usually completely booked well in advance and we’re just winging this trip!


Cog Wheel Train

Cog Wheel Train
A load of happy tourists arriving at Pikes Peak Summit


It was blowing like crazy at the peak, and the wind chill was probably in the teens – amazing what a difference from down in town.
Colette and I tried to recreate our Pillowy Clouds photo from our 2014 trip up here, but we’re not sure that we found the exact spot since there has been quite a bit of construction and things are moved around.


Queen Of The World

Queen Of The World
Recreating our photo of our last visit up here when we were above a sea of clouds.


Interesting data point – sharp eyes might notice that I tagged the 2014 Pillowy Clouds photo at 14,110 feet, however the Pikes Peak sign in these photos shows 14,115 feet.
Do I suck at the mathz?
I daresay that I do not.
Turns out that there’s a great deal of controversy over the elevation, with mountains shrinking and growing, ways to measure them changing, and of course – politics. Five feet doesn’t matter to me, as long as it doesn’t shrink and become a 13er!
Lastly – make sure you get the donuts! I’m not sure what they do to make them taste so good, maybe it’s just the elevation.


Pikes Peak Donuts

Pikes Peak Donuts
You must have the famous donuts when you visit Pikes Peak!



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