Pikes Peak Run + ADD NEW ROUTE
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Starting in beautifil Manitou Springs, head west on Manitou Ave toward Old Mans Trail. At the traffic circle, continue straight onto US-24 BUS W/Manitou Ave. Take the ramp onto US-24 W and go west about 4 miles. Turn left (look for Pike Peak sign) at Fountain Ave. Then in about .4 miles, turn slight left onto Pikes Peak Hwy. Pikes Peak Hwy turns right and becomes Pikes Peak Toll Rd. There is a Fee of $19 to ride past this toll, but well worth the toll as you will soon see. Then go about 12 miles until you get to the very top of Pike Peak. 14,150 feet hight I might add!
You will first start off with lots of heavy trees and will even see cross over Crystal Creek Reservoir, and then gradually you will start to see some thinning of trees as you get higher in elevation. As you get higher, you will encounter many switch backs but some very scenic views of Colorado Springs, Woodland Park, and much more. Be aware, the temps even in the middle of the summer can get chilly. Don't be surprised to see a little bit of snow! But don't worry; the park does an excellent job in keeping the roads clear all year round. My last trip was in September 2, 2012 and it was in the upper 60's in Manitou Springs, but when I got to the top of the peak, it was 42! And there was just a little bit of snow on top. So bring a jacket if you don't wear one already and be sure to bring a camera. Also, the entire road to the top is paved, with the exception of the last 200 feet or so at the peak, but it is hard packed and no problem at all for the motorcycle to handle. This is one of my favorite rides.
Paved all the way to the top. Last 200 feet is dirt, but very safe to ride on.
Pleny of rest stops, but only at the top will you find a resturant and gift shot.
While you are in the area, you should consider a ride through Garden of the Gods (See submission)
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