Things to know before hiking Pikes Peak
If you’re looking for an adventure – look no further! Hiking Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain is the most challenging and rewarding way to experience the mountain. The mountain is certainly a focal point in Colorado Springs, being the highest point in El Paso County. It’s the 31st highest peak of 54 fourteeners in Colorado. But it’s certainly not for the faint of heart. Keep these things in mind before braving this awesome mountain:
Step 1: Check hours of operation
Step 2: Check mountain conditions
- Conditions change drastically and quickly throughout the day.
- Access to the summit is weather dependent. Call 719-385-7325 for up to date conditions.
- Barr Trail Hikers: Check in at Barr Camp to verify favorable summit conditions.
- Ensure you have proper gear and water.
- If the Highway and/or summit is closed to visitors, parties will not be able to pick up hikers for transport.
Step 3: If you will not make the summit by the posted hours – turn around
Requests for transport will be subject to transport and rescue fees:
- $20/person Transport during normal operating hours
- $100/person After Transport: If the Pikes Peak Highway is closed but staff is still on site, this is the minimum charge based on circumstances.
- $500/person After hours recovery/rescue response: If hiker requests rescue or assistance after hours, this is minimum charge based on circumstances.
Pikes Peak staff will only transport as a matter of emergency or safety. Payment due at time of transport.
Compass (optionally supplemented with a GPS receiver)
Sunglasses and sunscreen
Extra food and water
First aid kit