Pikes Peak from Devils Playground is a 5.5 mile out and back trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, horses, and mountain biking and is accessible from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
A relatively short and easy hike on Pikes Peak From the parking lot walk across the road back to the Northeast side and look for the hikers path that begins by paralleling the road. Do not hike on the road as you will be fined by the Pikes Peak Toll Road authorities that regularly patrol the road. The path will take a more direct route to the summit than the road. By hiking this path you will have the time to enjoy the views and the thin air. The last stretch of this hike goes up the steep pitch to the summit. Here you must be careful to look for cairns (rock stacks) so that you don't loose the trail. Once at the summit house enjoy some food from Colorado's highest restaurant before you begin your hike back to your car.
Recommend you be in good shape to do this hike. Straight up the whole way, but the views are spectacular! Trail is hard to find near the summit, just follow the cairns and you should be good.
Great way to summit the peak of you don't want to drive or ride the train! This is the last leg of the Crags to Pikes Peak Trail - the Sunday morning I went there was a decent amount by of traffic on the trail. It is challenging, but if you take your time and pay attention to the cairns you should be fine if you are an average/somewhat experienced hiker. They have really worked to make the cairns more visible in the boulder field, but you still need to look carefully. Make sure you check the weather forecast for the summit before you head out! I was able to make the round trip in about 4 hours with a stop for donuts at the top!
Great hike. Not too difficult. Winds were 45mph which made it a bit harsh and cold. Trail was well marked and easy to follow. Views were incredible.
I would say this is more of a difficult trail. And would definitely not recommend for young children. I have 4 kids under 8 that have done 5 miles on moderate trails no issue but this one was very difficult. Especially the scrambling at the end. Took us about 3.5 hrs to summit (half of the hike). We made it slowly and was beautiful but will not do it again until kids are quite a bit older.
I did this trail as a part of Crags to Pikes Peak. Though the hike up to Devil's Playground is spectacular and wonderful, I didn't like this last stretch very much. It isn't very pretty--just a lot of hiking on big rocks. The workout is great, though, and there are a couple of really nice views into the valley.