Pikes Peak From Elk Park Trailhead is a 11.8 mile lightly trafficked point-to-point trail located near Cripple Creek, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking.

Length11.8 miElevation gain4,097 ftRoute typePoint to point
HikingViewsWildlifeRockyScrambleNo shadeNo dogs
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Arison Alquiros
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Funny story. This trail is actually 12 miles long. Hands down the hardest thing I’ve ever done in my entire life. I am an experienced hiker, but I got altitude sickness at 12000ft about 3 miles from the summit. I’m from VA, so not acclimated to the elevation. It got to the point where I legitimately thought I was going to die 1 mile below the summit, debated on calling 911. Nearly passed out, felt lightheaded, terrible headache, but I took a lot of breaks and made it to the summit through sheer willpower. Then come to find out the park had already closed and I was stranded at the peak. So I ended up calling 911 after all. Made it out safe, the park ranger was nice. Btw it’s $100 for exiting the park after hours. Despite all that drama, the hike is beautiful and really worth your time ONLY if you’re acclimated to the elevation and can hike 6 miles straight up 4000ft

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Gary Kimm
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On my bucket list hardest hike I’ve do e but worth it. Had a blast.

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TARA YEAGER
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We hiked only a small portion of this trail, a little over 2 miles from the Elks Park trailhead. The trailhead is about a 1/4 mile past the Glen Cove parking area. You have to turn left off the road and drive through an entrance with metal gates on either side (it's VERY scary, it feels like you are driving off the edge of the mountain). There is parking down below, the trail is not marked but it's not hard to find. I didn't particularly like this trail, it's downhill for the first 5 miles and uphill on the way back obviously if you don't hike farther than 5 miles. Some of the trail was on a narrow path along the side of the mountain and the rest was through the woods with no view. It was a bit boring and I would have rather hiked up towards the summit than down into the woods. Next time I would park at mile 16 and hike on the trail above tree line to the summit.

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Kevin Smith
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What a workout! We were lucky with the weather and made the peak! Quite a few hikers as expected.

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Patrick Gallagher
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Hiked in the summer of 2017. Great hike but very difficult as you near the peak. The weather turned on us mid hike and started to snow with high gust winds. We ended up turning back ~1 mile from the top due to the rapidly detreating weather conditions. Make sure to be prepared and bring layers even if it is 60-70 degrees at the base or the hike can become miserable quickly.

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Charlene Aldridge
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Doug Hanson
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Keith Chapman
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Scott Polack
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Katiane Cazuza
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Karl Barker
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Wesley Rose
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Edward Anderson
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Ryan Mitchell
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Natasja Cox
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Jana Buchi
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Bruce McClintock
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Suzanne Garney
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