Pikes Peak / Front Range / 14,115 Ft / 5,530 Ft / 60.8 Miles / 38.8405°N / 105.0442°W
Pikes Peak is located 12 miles (19 km) west of downtown Colorado Springs. The peak is named in honor of American explorer Zebulon Pike (even though his party’s 1806 attempt to reach the summit failed). Pikes Peak is higher than any point in the United States east of its longitude.
There are several ways to ascend the peak, including by both road and cog railroad. The most popular way to hike to the top is by Barr Trail, which approaches the summit from the east. The trailhead is just past the cog railway depot in Manitou Springs. Visitors can walk, hike, or bike the trail. Although the Barr Trail is rated Class 1, it’s a long 13 mi (21 km) hike with nearly 8,000 ft (2,400 m) of elevation gain (yes, that 13 miles up and 13 miles down can be covered by running the Pikes Peak Marathon, held since 1956). Another route begins at Crags Campground and approaches the summit from the west.