Pikes Peak Question

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by 9point, Jun 12, 2013.

  1. 9point

    9point Been here awhile

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    I'm thinking about riding up to the peak. Can anyone share their experience doing this.

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  2. ajayhawkfan

    ajayhawkfan Rock Chalk

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    Pay, ride to the top, buy a do-nut, take pictures, turn around, head back down.

    Is it worth it? Yes.
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  3. Montek

    Montek Eternal Noob

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    I think it could be on fire right now!!!:eek1
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  4. flyrodder

    flyrodder Donny, please.

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    Paved the whole way these days -- easy ride but worth it.
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  5. foxtrapper

    foxtrapper Long timer

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    Was easy to ride up when it was gravel/dirt, even easier now that it's paved.

    Beware of yourself more than the bike. You're sitting there, passively. You'll likely not realize how the low oxygen level is affecting you until you get off at the top and either try to lift the bike onto center stand, or trot over to the building. Take it easy, you'll be a lot closer to fainting than you will realize.
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  6. FILLETI

    FILLETI mild asphalt allergy

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    Mind the weather. I was there a couple of weeks ago, sunny & 55 at the bottom, snowy & 21 at the top.
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  7. Ack535

    Ack535 Been here awhile

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    Prepare for cold weather. I have been there in July and it was snowing at the top. I personally like the cog railroad trip the best. You get to see more, and enjoy the ride.
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  8. Sport

    Sport Been here awhile

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    Heading to the top in late September after the Grand Canyon and a ride thru Monument Vallery again. Looking forward to rising nearly three miles above sea level. I heard its almost impossible to light a match at that altitude so the air must really be thin...
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  9. rufus

    rufus We're burning daylight...

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    YES!!....I been up it several times, twice I nearly fainted just by walking to the gift shop and walking around in there. Deep slow breaths help, so does sugar.
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  10. tah1800

    tah1800 Long timer

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    There is no fire on Pikes Peak; the fires are located near Canyon City and north of Colorado Springs. Do what JayHawkfan said. It's a great ride.
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  11. yellow 1150GS

    yellow 1150GS Been here awhile

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    A few years ago we went up before it was paved. Wife did not like it too well as there were no guardrails and over the edge is a very long way down. Also the lack of oxygen can be a big deal as is altitude sickness. While in the parking lot we watched a bunch of high school aged boys were running around and throwing a football. Didn't last too long before they were all bent over double and throwing up!
    View is unbelievable. Day we were there was clear and you could see forever. Thunderstorm blew up and we headed down. You don't want to be up there on a bike with the lightning as there is no where to go.
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  12. tah1800

    tah1800 Long timer

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    The annual Pikes Peak Hill Climb will run 6/30/13 and there are trial runs that will be going on until then just in case you were looking at coming out in June. And yes, at 14K+ feet, it can snow on any given day.
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  13. 9point

    9point Been here awhile

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    July 5th I hope to be there. Thanks for all the info.

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  14. Norhasken

    Norhasken Tryin' to find my way

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    Well worth it.

    Then ride up to Woodland Park for lunch.
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  15. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter

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    You would be hard pressed to mention a mountain or pass in Colorado that I haven't been on.
    Most all unpaved---some requiring an all out unladen dirt bike to make the summit.

    Contrary to others---------------Pikes peak is my least favorite. It's an awesome view---but my least favorite peak.

    Pisses me off to think you have to pay to go up the thing--I felt like I was standing in line at a Disneyland carnival ride and someone was going to hold my hand--------big crowds of people-------visitor center---people watching you---- checking your brakes (I can check my own)--and now it's paved-------that was it for me.

    All the others are free.

    This is more to my liking--and it was free.

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