Pikes Peak is popular. Really popular. More than half a million people visit the 14,114-foot summit of America’s Mountain every year using the toll road and cog railway alone, and thousands of more reach the summit by foot. In total, the number is greater than the entire population of neighboring Colorado Springs.
All that to say that Pikes Peak, despite its virtues, can be a bit of a zoo (but what else would you expect from a mountain with a donut shop on top?). So if you’re keen to experience its purple mountain majesty, you might be better off viewing the summit from afar – from the uncrowded four-mile Crags Trail.