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Pikes Peak from Devils Playground

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Pike National Forest

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 is primarily used for hiking, bird watching, horses, and mountain biking and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Length 5.5 mi Elevation gain 1,348 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

Snow

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Getting There

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.

Pikes Peak Ranger District (719) 636-1602

From Colorado Springs take Highway 24 West to the town of Cascade. At a stoplight you will see a sign for the Pikes Peak Toll Road. Follow the signs to take the toll road up to Devils Playground. The current rate for the road is $20 per car. At Devils Playground you will find a large parking lot on the right (Southwest) side. Park your car here. During Spring and Fall the road is frequently closed at this point so this hike may be your only access to the summit.

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Sherry Moore
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HikingFeeNo shadeOff trailRockyScramble

We arrived at the ranger station about 7:30 AM when they opened, and it was $15 per person. It took about 40 minutes from there to drive to parking lot number 16, devils playground. The trail starts across the street and starts off as a dirt trail and immediately you’re at 12,000 feet elevation. You have some rocks and gravelly little hills but nothing horrible. Do you note that at the first guard rail you want to walk either on the road or up against the guard rail. It is loose gravel and steep if you try to cross lower than that. Once you get to the boulders it is 1 1/2 miles of rock climbing. There are cairns but you cannot always see them and you have to just climb up until you do. It is steep and you are at about 13,500 elevation and you can get lightheaded. 3 1/2 miles from the parking lot we arrived at the summit and It is a bit of a scramble to find your way up to a few points and then over to the gift shop. There is construction but there are still amazing views. The gift shop is open and you can get the “worlds greatest doughnut” for one dollar each. Note that if you are tired or need to get down because of a sudden storm that you cannot take the shuttle if you have not pre-registered and prepaid. Especially due to Covid they are limiting the number of people per shuttle. You may have to hitch a ride with a stranger but people are extremely nice and willing to help out. Normally they see storms around two to 3 o’clock in the afternoon, however we had a sudden storm come in at 11:30 AM that brought snow and grapple. Overall a nice challenge but short enough to still enjoy exploring around the trails around the parking lot! PS it took us 2 1/2 hours up with a couple areas slowing us down and then once past the rocks it took us less than an hour to get back down.

Whitney Rebecca
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HikingRockyScramble

There’s not a ton of guidance when you hit the rock scrambling area. Missed the markers a few times and redirected, but overall a good hike. My first at that elevation, so if you’re not used to cardio that high, take breaks. Got the see the big horn sheep that were hanging out in the parking lot, so that was cool. The construction at the top is definitely a distraction, but it doesn’t ruin the view.

Anas Allauddin
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Lauren R.
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HikingFeeGreat!No shadeScramble

Love this trail! Get there early. The road up to Devil's Playground is steep and windy but not dangerous. Make sure you have enough gas (they recommend half a tank). It is COLD and WINDY up on the mountain! Usually 30-40 degrees cooler than Colorado Springs. From Devil's Playground TH, cross the road and start hiking uphill. It starts out pretty level, then increases in difficulty the whole way up, in both elevation grade and terrain. The last stretch before the top is boulder climbing- pretty easy except for a few loose rocks. Go slow, watch your footing, and keep an eye on the cairns (rock stacks) marking the trail. The thin air makes it harder to breathe, at least for an Alabamian, so don't push too hard. Slow and steady. Six miles total for us. *Side note: because of construction you can't drive all the way to the top as of 8/8, but a free shuttle will drive you up to the peak from Devil's Playground and back down. $15 dollar fee to get in.

Michelle A.
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Hiked from parking area #16. It’s $15 pp to get into park. Drove up to sixteen, parked and got on trail from there. (Trail is across the street from lot...NOT where it say “trail”) first mile is more or less gravely and a legit trail. Second mile and 3/4...total rock boulders to climb. At the high elevation, just stop and get your breath. It’s about 2.8 miles up and with frequent stops for pictures that are breathtaking literally, it took us about 90min. Highly recommend hiking boots bc you can easily twist an ankle. If you hike back down it’s almost 5.5 miles.

Donna Osswald
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HikingNo shadeRockyScramble

OMGOODNESSS! Our first 14er! woooooot woooooot hit some weather coming back down...as expected- always be prepared for it last bit up was tough! never been in a boulder field before! not extremely technical...but i was nervous I did it for the donut but hubby forgot his wallet and didn't tell me til the tippy top... REALLY?!

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Peter Duprey
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Hiking

Easy trail up until your get to the boulder field. It is about a mile of scrambling over large and small boulders. Was marked well with cairns most of way. The only sucky things is when you get to top there are no views as they have construction all around. I would wait until they are done to do this again.

Azazel Crowley
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Hiking

easy hike the Boulder field kind sucks love the hike top is crowed with construction

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Ted Bauer
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HikingFee

Nice hike. Not to hard and well marked. The last mile is pretty rocky and you can feel the elevation. Unfortunately there is a lot of construction at the summit. I sure it will be great once its done, but it really takes away from the experience.

Shana Morris
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Hiking

Nice hike, good for bragging rights. beautiful views but you are walking alongside the road for most of the way. still, I recommend it!

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Kristin Thee
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Kind of an underwhelming 14er but it was worth it to get back in the swing of things. The trail follows the road for quite a ways and then goes through a steep-ish boulder field up to the top. Nothing too hard or scrambly, and there are a TON of cairns to keep you on track. My dog (jack russell; she beasted through the boulder field, no problem) and I did the full out-and-back in just over 2 hours. Word of caution: if you're looking for a peaceful, be-one-with-nature kind of experience, this ain't it. There were THOUSANDS of people there and you can hear the road traffic the entire time. Construction at the top is unsightly in itself, not to mention blocking views. If you go on the weekend like I did, its going to be crazy busy. We got to the gate at 7:10ish and didn't get through the gate til after 8. Not meant as a deterrent; I think this is a worthy hike for what it is. It just might not like up to the expectations of more experienced hikers.

Jeff Fine
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Hiked on Tuesday, 6/16. I am a midwestern novice hiker who wanted a challenge, and I got it with this hike. Unfortunately, because of wind, the peak was closed in the morning. Thankfully it opened for the afternoon. Started trail around 3:00. First 2/3 on path were just as expected, amazing views. I did have to stop a couple times to make sure the altitude did not bother me. We even brought some canned oxygen, which I felt really helped. Then came the boulder section. The last third is basically climbing over large and small boulders. The “trail” is a series of small stacked rocks that look like a teepee. These rock teepee markers were the only way we saw to get up the mountain. We would climb to a marker. Than have to look around for the next marker. We owe a huge amount of gratitude to the hikers before us who continue to add to these markers as they pass. We did our part and added as well. While the wind was strong, it was at our backs for most of the hike and did not pose an issue. We only planned on hiking to the summit than taking the free shuttle down to our car at mile 16. Once we reached the top, we all felt tired and exhilarated. Note. The last shuttle to lot 16 leaves at 5:00. Thankfully, my wife took the shuttle up earlier and told them we were still on the mountain at 5:00. The very nice staff waited until we arrived at 5:15. TIP - for us trekking poles were a must, especially on the boulder climbing portion. Knowing what I know now, not sure I would do this again, but now I can say that I am a 14er! Bucket list item officially crossed off.

Becca Saunders
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HikingIcyNo shadeRockyScramble

There’s a lot that would be helpful to know before hiking. The road is open from 0730-1800, and you must leave by 2000. If you’re like me and like to start 14ers early, it’s a bit daunting to start at 0800. The entrance fee for the road is $15 per person. You will park at lot 16 (Mile 16). The hike itself is beautiful with great views! It does stay right along side the road for the majority. The last 0.75 miles is really the only difficult part through the rock scramble, normally very doable. Right now the rocks are covered in ice making for a very treacherous and slippery way up. We decided to use the shuttle down to the parking lot, and I’m glad it was available! There is construction going on at the top, so at no point do you get unobstructed 360 views. Overall nice hike.

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