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.

Length5.5 miElevation gain1,348 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingHorseback ridingMountain bikingBird watchingDog friendlyForestViewsWildflowersWildlifeRockyScrambleSnowFee
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Getting There

There is a $15 fee to park at the trailhead. 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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Kyler Rice
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HikingRocky

This trail really just offers you better views that you can’t see from the drive up, It was quite a bummer to be so close to the road the whole time. Still worth the hike. Just make sure you don’t miss the last shuttle if you don’t plan on walking back.

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Bethany Haas
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HikingFeeRockyScramble

Windy up there today! Between the twins we almost blew over so we had to take a break and sit down until the wind slowed down. The boulder break towards the top was difficult to traverse. The rocks are huge and it’s unclear where the trail is, so keep an eye out for the rock pyramids to get you back on the trail. The boulder break scramble was not fun for our dogs—the rocks are either too high, or loose, and it was dangerous to carry them up. I recommend leaving the pup at home.

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Hamid Hussaini
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The worst 14er I’ve ever hiked. Literally a tourist trap and only construction at the top... couldn’t see anything

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Shane Silvey
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I called the Pikes Peak “hotline” and the recording said that the exit gates close at 7 so I arranged my schedule to include this extra time even though the website says that it closes much earlier. I pull up to the gate to pay the ridiculous $15 and was informed that I would have time to complete my hike and if the vehicle was left in the parking lot overnight, they would charge me $250. Seems to me that this place is all about making money. I have been to the top this summer and it’s a mess with all of the construction. So I didn’t miss anything except gas to get all of the way to Colorado Springs from Silverthorne. I could have made arrangements to do this hike if the automated message was updated.

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Kasia Kolc
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Difficult hike due to the elevation, but so worth it

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Rolando Flores
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Awesome but freaking cold!

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Salvatore Raschilla
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Rados Stoddard
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Angelina Strite
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HikingGreat!

An extremely long trail. Be prepared and if you are gonna bike it round trip. Be sure you have plenty of hydration. There’s nothing open up there. If need be book a shuttle back down from its $60 and it’s vey ice cold up there, pack your ski gloves and fluffy. I did a round trip so over 30 miles

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Steve Gutierrez
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Alec Wright
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Go just go

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Steven Baeder
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from parking lot 16 snow and slush melting fast. could be some funky iced up tracks in the am. my first 14teeners in co. good warm up for more. read about the beginners 14eners on the web. no mention of this excellent warm up and tester. Plus you can bail out of the downhill and take the shuttle ride down. I recommend dancing down, but don't forget, the mountain always leads.

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Ashlee Stoltzfus
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holly fletcher
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Adam Minton
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HikingScramble

Basically a shortcut to feel you hiked pikes peak without starting from the bottom. Very fun large rock scramble to the peak.

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Whitney Rebecca
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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.

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Anas Allauddin
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Donna Osswald
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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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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.

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Azazel Crowley
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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.

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Shana Morris
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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.

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