Old Rag is definitely a favorite of mine, but it is incredibly over crowded these days. I typically have to take a weekday off from work- or hope for very cold weather when I hike it or it becomes more of a tourist stop than anything. To hike it these days you have to walk about a mile up the paved road as the landowners threatened to shut down access if people kept parking up there. On any given weekend- especially a nice weekend- you could probably have 600 people on the trail with 120-150 cars at the bottom.
geoffirons wrote:Hi Patrick,
I'd recommend some hikes on the west side of Pikes Peak. Depending on your vehicle and current road conditions, you could drive to the Crags TH and hike to the Crags, or if more ambitious up to Devil's Playground. Alternatively, drive a little further south on Hwy 67 to the Horsethief Park TH and hike to Pancake Rocks, or if very ambitious (and good at route-finding) climb Sentinel Peak. Depending on where you start in Colorado Springs, the drive time to these THs is about one hour. You can find more info on all these on this website and others, but if you have specific questions please PM me.
p.s. How is Old Rag Mountain? I used to do volunteer trail work there in the early '90s. It was always my favorite hike in northern VA.