Pikes Peak from Devils Playground

MODERATE 31 reviews
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Pikes Peak from Devils Playground is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Woodland Park, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1348 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

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.

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24 days ago

This was my first 14er summit and in winter/spring! Definitely do-able in a few hours and a nice workout! It's a good length if you want to get a 14er but aren't sure you can do a longer distance. The trail was pretty snow-less for the most part, a few patches (one on a steeper slope that made crossing a little nerve wracking) but I know the weather had been pretty nice the prior week. It gets REALLY windy at points so dress properly! I didn't need YakTraks or Microspikes but the part of the trail that is on a slope they could have been helpful because that was a bit scary to cross. The wind got stronger in the afternoon but overall it was decently easy to follow! You definitely have to keep an eye out for the cairns, most were large piles of rocks and we were able to follow them without a problem but it could be difficult after a fresh snow to find the trail in parts. The last like 800ft or so is a rock climb/scramble so be prepared for that! Most of that trail is pretty packed down but be careful so you don't post-hole! It follows the highway for a bit but I didn't find that bothersome and it's nice to grab a donut/get out of the wind once you reach the top! (Plus there's lots of people to take your picture when you get there!) Make sure you pay attention to when the toll road gates are open and close so you don't get stuck! Sometimes the gate at mile 13 is closed due to wind so you can't get up to Devil's Playground (mile 16) and the 1st gate is at the bottom of the hill so in winter you can't start hiking until after at least 9am so plan accordingly!

hiking
8 months ago

We hiked this trail at the beginning of August 2017. There's a huge parking lot at the trailhead, which was great. This hike is pretty easy until you approach the summit and get to a rather challenging rock scramble. There are cairns to mark the easiest way to go, but they're not always easy to find. Kids would probably do okay on this hike. We also saw a few marmots on the trail. There's a huge gift shop at the summit and a ton of tourists who drove up there. Highly recommend!

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9 months ago

We did this hike from the craggs. It was about 8 miles one way to the top of pikes peak. I really enjoyed the craggs to devils playground but from there you're walking next to the toll road the rest of the way up. A lot of traffic and people playing on the rocks at devils playground. Kinda takes away from the experience but still a beautiful hike none the less. I believe this hike is a class 2 because of the scrambling up the rocks the last half mile or so. Most of the snow has melted as of 6/20

hiking
Tuesday, September 20, 2016

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.

hiking
Monday, August 22, 2016

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!

hiking
Monday, February 15, 2016

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.

hiking
Monday, September 14, 2015

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.

hiking
Tuesday, August 06, 2013

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.

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