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Pike's Peak Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 14,110'
Location: 38.841, -105.0426 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: mr.14er on Jul 10, 2008

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Some nice lines here. Eds. Pericle.


This is a very popular and crowded peak, but it has some fun rock, snow, and ice climbs. According to the literature passed out at the toll gate, it is the most visited mountain in North America. It has a phenomenonally well maintained road up to its summit. It is the 31st highest peak in Colorado.

Getting There 

There are many ways to get there, but the most popular is Manitou Springs.

For most folks, you'll get to Colorado Springs on I-25. Then, head west on US 24. Pass Manitou Springs. You will see a sign on the south for Pike's Peak a short distance further west. The toll gate is 7,800 feet in elevation. The summit is 14,110 feet.

Note, it is 19 miles up the toll road to the summit, so make sure you have enough fuel.

Points of Interest / Altitudes 

MM 2: Camera Point: overlooks Ute Pass, US 24, and Cascade, 8220'.
MM 3: Crowe Gulch, 1st view of Pike's Peak, 8540'.
MM 3.5: Have you seen Bigfoot?
MM 6: Crystal Reservoir, 9160'.
MM 9.5: Halfway Picnic Ground, 9930'.
MM 10.5: Brown Bush: views of Tarryall Mtns., Mt. Princeton, Mt. Evans, 10,000'.
MM 11: views of N. Catamount, S. Catamount, & Crystal Reservoirs.
MM 11.5: Ski area, 10,600'.
MM 13: Glen Cove, 11,440'.
MM 14: Elk Park, 11,800'.
MM 16: Devil's Playground, views of "Switchbacks", Pikes Peak Reservoirs, Platte River Valley north to the Continental Divide, 12,780'.
MM 16.5: Bottomless Pit, view of Sangre De Cristos, Ghost Town Hollow Mine (~1500' below rock wall), 12,760'.
MM 18: Boulder Park, 13,380'.
MM 18.5: Sheep sign.
MM 19: Summit, view that inspired Katherine Lee Bates' "America the Beautiful" in 1893, 14,110'.

Climbing Season

Weather station 3.2 miles from here

5 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',1],['2 Stars',3],['1 Star',0],['Bomb',0]

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Rock Climbing Photo: Just a quick shot of the problem.

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Photos of Pike's Peak Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Arching Jams 5.10 - Pericle Rock (Pike's Peak).
Arching Jams 5.10 - Pericle Rock (Pike's Peak).
Rock Climbing Photo: Pike's Peak from the West.
Pike's Peak from the West.
Rock Climbing Photo: Bigger Bagger Buttress on Pikes Peak.
Bigger Bagger Buttress on Pikes Peak.
Rock Climbing Photo: Sunflowers on the northeast slopes.
Sunflowers on the northeast slopes.
Rock Climbing Photo: Wildflowers grace the flanks of Pike's Peak.
Wildflowers grace the flanks of Pike's Peak.
Rock Climbing Photo: Enjoy.... Too bad it can't be talked about, but yo...
BETA PHOTO: Enjoy.... Too bad it can't be talked about, but yo...

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By Brian Daly
Aug 10, 2008
Word is this is an amazing line. I am looking for the beta for this route. If anyone can help me it would be much appreciated.
By Joshua Balke
From: Colorado Springs
Aug 13, 2008
A topo is found in Bob D's climbing guide to Pike's Peak and the Garden of the Gods. The book is out of print, but many local climbers have copies.
By Larry C. Schubarth
From: colorado springs, colorado
Mar 4, 2009
Don't expect the locals to give away beta on the "Peak", because we've seen too many pristine crags abused i.e., bolts added, trash, etc. from visiting climbers. If you DO go there, please respect the area and be ready for alpine weather conditions, long hikes/approaches, long runouts and costly {if any} rescue.
By tenpins
Jul 13, 2009
To clarify, any rescue performed on Pike's Peak by the Mountain Rescue Association team entrusted to provide rescue services in El Paso County (where most of the climbing on Pikes Peak lies) will be free.

El Paso County Search and Rescue is a non profit, 100% volunteer organization. We have zero paid staff members. There is never a charge for any services we render.

No member team of the Mountain Rescue Association will charge for their services.

Fire departments, agencies, protection districts may charge if they perform the operation. Flight For Life (which we use regularly on rescues) is not free. An ambulance ride is not free. The hospital stay is not free. If negligence or recklessness is determined, the County Sheriff may issue fines or charges.

So get out there! Plan ahead, have a plan B, leave detailed itinerary with family or friends. Determine a "if we're not back by this time, call for rescue". We hope you never need us, but we will come get you 24 hours a day 365 days a year.
By England
From: ?
Sep 16, 2009
Well said, and right on Larry. Thank you pasto, need more members?
By Preston
From: fort collins,colorado
Jun 13, 2013
The Flame looks sweet! Check out this video:

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