Pikes Peak, Colorado

Prominence: 5510 ft, 1680 m

Elevation: 14,110 feet, 4301 meters

True Isolation: 60.62 mi, 97.56 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 14,116 ft / 4303 m
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)38° 50' 26'' N, 105° 2' 41'' W
38.840511, -105.044589 (Dec Deg)
496130 E 4299079 N, Zone 13 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
County/Second Level RegionEl Paso (Highest Point)

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Lists that contain Pikes Peak:
     USA Lower 48 Top 400 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #37)
     USA Lower 48 Range5 High Points (Rank #18)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 4000 feet of Prominence (Rank #37)
     North America 14,000-foot Peaks (Rank #79)
     Colorado 13,500 foot Peaks (Rank #30)
     Western Contiguous USA CoHPs (Rank #23)
     Western USA CoHPs (Rank #28)
     Western USA Peaks with 25 miles of Isolation (Rank #59)
     Colorado 13,700-foot Peaks (Rank #30)
     2000-foot Prominence CoHPs - 48 States (Rank #34)
     USA Lower 48 Top 100 Peaks by Prominence (Rank #37)
     United States 13,750-foot Peaks (Rank #60)
     Colorado 14,000-foot Peaks (Rank #30)
     U.S. County High Points over 13,000 feet - 48 States (Rank #23)
     Colorado Peaks with 2000 feet of Prominence (Rank #2)
     USA Lower 48 Peaks with 5000 feet of Prominence (Rank #37)
     U.S. County High Points over 13,000 feet (Rank #28)
     Colorado County High Points (Rank #17)
     The USA Second Lap List (Rank #3)

Selected Guidebook(s) for this Peak:
       Colorado's Fourteeners: From Hikes to Climbs (Roach)
       A Climbing Guide to Colorado's Fourteeners (Borneman, Lampert)
       Hiking Colorado's Summits (Mitchler, Covill)

Selected Trip Reports from this site:
     2002 b by Robert Stewart
     2002-01-22 by John Hasch
     2002-06-01 by Scott Surgent
     2009-08-15 by Kevin Tilton
     2010-09-01 by Greg Slayden (GPS Track)
     2012-05-26 by Tracy Englebrecht
     2012-07-22 by Rob Woodall
     2012-08-15 by Andrew DeFeo
     2012-08-18 by Jason Reed
     2012-08-19 by Jason Reed
     2012-08-25 by Brian Lubbert
     2013-09-21 by Christan Kramer (GPS Track)
     2014-01-02 by Scott Fredrickson
     2014-06-29 by glen mizenko (GPS Track)
     2014-07-08 by Dave Boboltz
     2014-07-26 by Jeremy Swider
     2014-08-16 by Brian Molloy (GPS Track)
     2015-07-16 by Gustav Sexauer
     2016-07-17 by Andrew Kirmse
     2016-09-22 by Keith Turner
     2016-10-16 by Jason Wiltshire
     2016-11-14 by Bradley Reese (GPS Track)

View ascents of peak by registered members (587 total)

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Pikes Peak is perhaps the most famous peak in the Colorado Rockies. It has a commanding position overlooking the plains, rising 8,000 feet from its base just west of Colorado Springs, and it stands alone like no other 14,000-foot peak in the state. However, it is not particularly high (ranking only 31st among the 54 Colorado fourteeners), nor difficult to climb (a road and railway both reach the summit), nor craggy (in the same way the Crestones or Longs Peak are). Aside from its local prominence, its fame arises from alliteration and from Zebulon Pike's 1806 assesment of the peak as "unclimbable" after he turned back. He was proved wrong long before the road was built--in 1820 Edwin James of the Longs expedition made the ascent, the first white man to summit a Colorado fourteener.

There is a tiny hamlet called First View out on the Colorado high plains, just 30 miles west of the Kansas line, and on exceptionally clear days (rare in these days of air pollution) the snow on the summit of Pikes Peak is just visible as a wispy cloud above the horizon. Approaching Colorado Springs on Route 94 across the empty, windy plains, the cloud gradually becomes bigger and is soon recognizable as a mountain. It is easy to image the pioneers being extremely impressed and fixated on the easternmost high sentinel of the Rockies as their ox-wagons slowly plodded towards it.

Climbing Notes

Three major options are available for those who want to reach the summit of Pikes Peak. The auto road, mostly upaved gravel, is still easily negotiable by any passenger car that pays the toll--just remember to keep it in low gear on the way down. A cog railway chugs up from Manitou Springs for those who don't even want to drive. The most popular trail on the peak is the Barr Trail, an 11-mile path with a 7500-foot elevation gain that is usually done over the course of two or three days. It begins near the cog railway terminal in Manitou Springs. Just remember that most peak-bagging quests don't count an ascent unless you also climb down as well, leaving the railway off-limits as a downhill shortcut for the purist hikers who make their way up the Barr Trail.

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The hail and snow was just starting to fall. (2012-08-10). Photo by Brian Talon.
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 5510 ft/1680 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 5550 ft/1692 m
  Line Parent: Mount Democrat
  Key Col: Lake George    8600 ft/2621 m
Isolation60.62 mi/97.56 km
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Mount Evans  (NNW)
Isolation Limit Point: 39° 35' 13'' N, 105° 38' 27'' W
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RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Rocky Mountains
Range3: Southern Rocky Mountains
Range4: Front Range
Range5: Rampart Range (Highest Point)
Drainage BasinsArkansas
Gulf of Mexico
Atlantic Ocean
OwnershipLand: Pike and San Isabel National Forest
Topo MapPikes Peak O38105g1 1:24,000
First AscentJuly 14, 1820
Edwin James
Route #1 Dirt Road: Pikes Peak Road
Route #2 Maintained Hiking Trail: Barr Trail
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
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Other Photos

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Kim and I at the summit after the Pikes Peak Ascent (2014-08-16). Photo by Brian Molloy.
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Approx 1 mile up Barr Trail (2016-09-22). Photo by Keith Turner.
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Pike's Peak Summit (2016-09-22). Photo by Keith Turner.
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Summit (2016-09-22). Photo by Keith Turner.
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Barr Camp (2016-09-22). Photo by Keith Turner.
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