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“Don't forget the water!”
Review of Pikes Peak

Pikes Peak
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: There are many things to see and do on our mountain including experiencing spectacular views as you ascend to 14,115 feet, encounter Mother Nature on our hiking trails or watch for wildlife such as deer, elk, bighorn sheep or yellow-bellied marmots. You may even spot the elusive Bigfoot during your visit. The 19 mile journey on the fully paved road to the summit begins in Cascade, Colorado, just 15 minutes west of downtown Colorado Springs. From the entrance, at an altitude of 7,800 feet (2377m) begin to explore the Pike National Forest and the natural beauty of Colorado.Along the way, you'll discover the North Slope Recreation Area, Crystal Reservoir Gift Shop, Historic Glen Cove Inn, and the Summit House. There are three lakes for fishing, picnic areas, hiking trails, and breathtaking views. Stop and watch one of our "Meet the Ranger" Interpretive Programs and learn about the history, myths, flora and fauna on the mountain. All offer visitor services and basic necessities to make your day both enjoyable and memorable.
Elgin, SC
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“Don't forget the water!”
Reviewed June 21, 2013

My father, daughter and I took the cog up to the top of Pikes Peak. The views are spectacular, but if you don't do well with altitudes it might not be for you. I started getting light headed at about 8000 feet. At the 14,100 foot summit, I was gulping air off and on because yeah, the air is pretty thin. I'm an ex-smoker, you'd think I could handle the lack of air. Water did help a lot but I could never work up there. Even though it may be a nice warm day when you get to the cog, bring a coat for sure. The summit was 38 degrees when we visited last week. You will never see bluer skies or prettier views than from Pikes Peak. The history given on the drive up is really interesting. They do not give you much time to shop in the gift shop at the summit though. By the time you get pictures and run to the bathroom, it's time to board the cog and go back. Unfortunately, I missed out on moose pajamas due to the lack of time.

Visited June 2013
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Dallas, Texas
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“The Cog Rail is Fun and the Views are Great!”
Reviewed June 20, 2013

Prepare yourself for a few corny jokes and a little bit of cheesy selling of books and DVD's. But... other than that, this is a must-do if you want to see some terrific views and visit the historic Pike's Peak.

I don't think I'd want to drive the trail up the mountain... much better to sit back and relax. Watch a few great views and get a bit of interesting history on the way up.

Do this!! (But, bring your own water and the prepare to buy touristy souvenirs at the top.)

Visited June 2013
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Marietta, Georgia
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Reviewed June 19, 2013 via mobile

Driving to the top of pikes peak was absolutely breathtaking. The view was stunning! A must see for those visiting Colorado Springs.

Visited June 2013
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Mount Pleasant, Michigan
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“Beautiful Views / High Altitudes / Summit House is Awful”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

The views from Pikes Peak were absolutely stunning, but the Summit House was more than disappointing. Here is my honest review of Pikes Peak.


- The views are breathtaking. I took the Pike's Peak Cog Railway, and it was a relaxing ride up the mountain.
- I was able to get some amazing snapshots up the side of the mountain with my iPod Touch 5. I love seeing how the landscape changes as you go up through the different levels of the mountain. You will start with trees and trickling streams and end up with grass and snow. It's incredible.


- If you're not used to altitude, you WILL get a pretty bad headache on the way back down. Drinking water doesn't help all that much, but oxygen canisters may help you out quite a bit. I recommend both (I only used water, and I regretted it).
- You will feel a "rocky mountain high" when you get up to the summit. I literally felt drunk on top of the mountain... stumbling and all.
- The Summit House on top of the mountain is awful. It's super-crowded, unorganized, and expensive. I found this to be the most disappointing part of the train ride up to the top of Pikes Peak.


If you've never done it before, go. You will regret it if you don't. Just be prepared for some of the issues you may encounter.


- Pikes Peak the mountain does NOT use 's, but Pike's Peak Cog Railway does use the 's (except for the on the Pike's Peak Cog Railway homepage, they use both versions). Why? Because the U.S. Government doesn't like apostrophes when naming geographical locations. Go figure. According to Slate magazine, the notable exceptions are Martha's Vineyard and Clark's Mountain.

Visited June 2013
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“14,110 feet high”
Reviewed June 15, 2013

Magnificent views! Bring lots of water and keep drinking it. Take aspirin or Tylenol. Bring a jacket for the top. Most important, get a skilled 4wd vehicle driver. Must have doughnuts at the top. Shop at the top is not the best, but worthwhile to get your souvenirs. Take lots of pictures of your friends because the photos of the views will not mean anything without your friends in them.

Visited June 2013
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