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Pikes Peak

Northwest Slopes
Difficulty Class 2 
Risk FactorsExposure: Low
Rockfall Potential: Moderate  
Route-Finding: Low  
Commitment: Moderate  
Start10,000 feet
Summit14,109 feet
Total Gain4,300 feet
RT Length14.00 miles
Last UpdatedAug 2023
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Take U.S. 24 to Divide. Turn south onto Colorado 67 and drive 4.3 miles. Turn left onto County Road 62 (turns into Forest Service 383) and drive 3.0 miles to the trailhead. If you're camping at the Crags Campground, continue 0.1 mile farther up the road and turn left into the campground. At the far end of the campground there is access to the trail.


Leave the trailhead, cross Fourmile Creek on a wood bridge and start up the trail - 1. After 1/2 mile, pass a junction where a spur from the Crags Campground intersects the Crags trail - 2. Walk 30 yards to reach another junction and turn right onto the Devil's Playground trail - 3. Cross a stream on a log bridge and follow the well-defined trail. At 10,400', cross another stream - 4. Continue east for about 1 mile to reach a small clearing near 11,000' - 5. Near 11,050', swing left and ascend a long, rugged stretch of trail to reach a corner, near 11,400' - 6. Stay right. Zig zag up the steep hillside ( 7) and exit the trees, near 11,900' - 8. Follow the trail east up a slope.

When you reach top of the slope, at 12,750', the summit comes into view - 9. Continue east on the broad trail. Hike through a strip of rocks ( 10) to reach the Devils Playground area - 11. Cross to the east side of the Pikes Peak road and continue on the marked trail - 12 and 13. You are still more than 2 miles from the summit. Continue south around a point, descend a bit, and pass a corner of the road, at 12,900' - 14. Near 13,150', reach an overlook on the left side of 13er point "Little Pikes Peak" where you can see the remaining route - 15. Continue to another road corner ( 16) and ascend to a flat area, beneath the final pitch - 17. Above 13,600', you'll reach the crux of the route - approx. 350 feet of easy Class 2 rock-hopping - 18. The route is well-cairned and the rock is mostly stable. Take your time and zig zag higher - 19. Pop out on the top of the ridge, walk past a final corner of the road and over to the summit - 20 and 21.


Nearly all of this route is Class 1 hiking on a defined trail. Only the short pitch below the summit is Class 2.
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