Doing Pikes Peak

12 thoughts on “Doing Pikes Peak”

  1. So bikers are as crazy in the Springs as up here. A single rider in my lane this past weekend rode up Hwy 36 from Boulder. His “rest stop” was waiting in line to show his entry pass (bicycles do not need Timed Entry Permits). His plan for the day? Riding across Trail Ridge Rd to Granby, then Hwy 40 to a friend’s home in Winterpark to overnight. Made me tired imagining it!

    1. OMG, seriously? I just did some research. That’s approximately 118 miles, with the highest elevation on Trail Ridge Road being 12,183′. Starting in Boulder at elev. 5,318′, to Estes Park at 7,522′, over Trail Ridge Road, down to Granby at 7,935′, and ending in Winter Park at 9,121′. Okay, I have to go rest now.

    1. The higher elevations can be a problem for some people, especially those only visiting for a short time. If you live here, you become acclimatized to some extent. (Machu Picchu, Peru, is just under 8,000 ft, so you can still go for a visit.)

  2. Lol. I was tired from driving to the top of it. Went up there with my dogs about 10 years ago.

    Magnificent views! The drop-offs along the side of the road were thrilling, too. Although I have been on much more severe roads in the backcountry of Utah.

    I wouldn’t mind riding a bike down – so long as the brakes are good.

    1. Last time I went up was about 20 years ago, with my NY ex. He insisted on driving, even though the elevation up top was making him ill. Stubborn man wouldn’t let me drive down.

... and that's my two cents