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Pikes Peak
Teller County, CO, El Paso County, CO

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
The Devil's Playground
The Devil's Playground

Route: Northwest Slopes

The mid day forecast was not looking favorable, so I opted for a pre-sunrise start. Reaching treeline around sunrise, the skies were cloudy, but the peaks were in the clear. While the footing was a bit subpar on the ascent up the slope to the Devils Playground due to erosion, it improved as one arrived at the plateau.

After the Devils Playground, the trail tended to run close to the auto road. After a rocky final ascent, I reached the summit area, which was only just starting to accumulate sightseers from the auto road.

With the horizon not looking great, I didn't loiter for long. Ironically, as I arrived at the trailhead, some sun had broken through.

Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Pikes Peak
Length: Difficult
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Heavy

Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Saturday, July 22, 2017
Parking Elevation: 11,600'
Destination: Pikes Peak
Time Elapsed: 03:15
Trailhead Elevation: 9,980'
Summit Elevation: 14,110'
Distance: 7.2 miles
Vertical Gain: 4,330'
Hike Time Elapsed: 06:07
Hike Vertical Gain: 4,530'

The Crags Trailhead
The Crags Trailhead

The natives
The natives

Another native
Another native

Looking east at Big Tooth Reservoir from Pikes Peak - Click to enlarge
Looking east at Big Tooth Reservoir from Pikes Peak

Topographic map of Pikes Peak

Directions to trailhead: From US 24 in Divide, take route 67 south, then take a left onto Teller County Road 62/Forest Road 383. Bear right near Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp to stay on County Road 62/Forest Road 383. The Crags Trailhead parking lot will be on the right, prior to reaching The Crags Campground. The trailhead is across the road, to the right of the outhouses.

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