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Pikes Peak Run + ADD NEW ROUTE

9   in Colorado Colorado24 Miles

on January 27, 2013

5.0out of 5

1 Riders rated


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 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

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.

Road Quality

This is a great road for motorcycles. Very good pavement conditions (paved all the way to the top!) the entire route, curves and tight twisties, with strong elevation changes along the way. The only time the road is not great is when traffic is strong. Try to pick a time (early after the park opens) or on a weekday when traffic will be reduced.

Roadside Amenities

Pleny of rest stops, but only at the top will you find a resturant and gift shot.

Additional Info

While you are in the area, you should consider a ride through Garden of the Gods (See submission)

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on February 12, 2013 4 out of 4 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make harley

Motorcycle Type Touring

This is the best way to the top of the world.Its not for people that cant handle heights though. Watch the weather before you head up it changes fast. I love the trip to the top

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