Hitching a Ride on Pikes Peak

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Hitching a Ride on Pikes Peak

Post by cotrlrunner » Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:27 pm

I am doing Pikes Peak tomorrow and I am curious as to how tough it is to hitch a ride down. I've never heard of anyone not getting a ride.
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Re: Hitching a Ride on Pikes Peak

Post by jsdratm » Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:34 pm

I've never tried it, but I would personally be more likely to pick up a hitchhiker on Pikes Peak than some dirty vagrant on the side of the interstate. :D
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Re: Hitching a Ride on Pikes Peak

Post by HuskyRunner » Fri Jun 22, 2012 5:58 pm

Aren't you a trail runner? What's wrong with running down?
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Re: Hitching a Ride on Pikes Peak

Post by jeffCC » Fri Jun 22, 2012 8:04 pm

Sounds like people do it regularly, but it would sure suck to have no way down. It is officially prohibited by the toll road folks. Even walking along the road can get you a ticket. But I imagine that in the parking area a runner/hiker might seem quite the curiosity to a flatlander returning to their car. Could be easier to strike up a conversation there first.
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Re: Hitching a Ride on Pikes Peak

Post by cotrlrunner » Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:21 pm

Yeah, stupid question. I've never heard anyone not being able to get down. I'm sure there will be people up there doing 3-2-1's or some other training for the Ascent / Marathon.
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Re: Hitching a Ride on Pikes Peak

Post by lafutura » Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:29 pm

i did a winter ascent of pikes and started heading back down as cars were leaving the lot at the end of the day. during the brief periods of time we intersected with the road (and a car), we were offered rides by anyone we encountered, but turned them all down as it's not the same if you only go up but down as well...

besides, i'm sure the guy in the restaurant selling hot dogs (with an emt shirt on, ironically) can always come to your rescue. :)
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Re: Hitching a Ride on Pikes Peak

Post by jrs1965 » Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:31 pm

I had done it once. Caught a ride down with a bunch of frat-boys from Pennsylvania, was a fun ride down to say the least...
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Re: Hitching a Ride on Pikes Peak

Post by kman » Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:36 pm

cotrlrunner wrote:I am doing Pikes Peak tomorrow and I am curious as to how tough it is to hitch a ride down. I've never heard of anyone not getting a ride.
It's not that difficult. Approach any of the employees working in the Summit House, and have them make an announcement over the PA system that you are wanting a ride down. More than one person will usually always be willing to take you down.
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Re: Hitching a Ride on Pikes Peak

Post by cotrlrunner » Fri Jun 22, 2012 9:40 pm

I will start practicing my hitchhiker thumb. :D
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Re: Hitching a Ride on Pikes Peak

Post by jeffCC » Wed Jun 27, 2012 4:38 pm

hey jacqlyn,

Saturday was an "interesting" day around here.

Did you climb PP? Make it down?
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Re: Hitching a Ride on Pikes Peak

Post by alpenglow » Wed Jun 27, 2012 8:47 pm

I made a sign saying "Hiked 13+ miles up, need a ride down". My hubby and I got a ride within 5 minutes in the bed of a pickup truck from a family from Texas who had just moved their mustangs to a new ranch in C.S. I asked about the PA announcement and was told that legally they could not do that due to liability issues. I then was asked for my sign from some other hikers who also needed a lift. It was great because I am all about recycle/reuse.
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Re: Hitching a Ride on Pikes Peak

Post by bob863 » Wed Jun 27, 2012 9:04 pm

of course, there's nothing wrong with hauling a bike (road or mtb) up on your back and then coast/fly down...
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