Standing at 14,115 feet high, the summit of Pikes Peak is the highest point in the U.S. east of it's longitude. This majestic mountain was named after the American Explorer Zebulon Pike. Pikes Peak has turned into more of a destination more so than a tourist attraction and hosts many events year-round. The mountain rises up to 8,000 feetabove Colorado, Springs downtown area and is a part of Colorado's Fourteeners Mountain Range. Due to it's high elevation, Pikes Peak has a polar climate which gives it capabilities for producing snowfall all year.
Interesting Attractions and facts
There are many routes to get to the top of Pikes Peak, but "Barr Trail" is the most popular route for many. Being at such high altitude, there is 60% partial pressure of oxygen near the apex making it harder to breathe. If you plan on hiking; taking it easy instead of rushing is the best way to go about it. Altitude Sickness is very common for those who aren't acclimated, but those who have been trained for this atmosphere has a firm grasp on dealing with the height.
Pikes Peak is a great vacationing spot and offers many events throughout the year. The U.S.A. National Cycling Championship, Annual Salute to American Veterans Rally, Old Colorado City Art Walk, and the Cruise Above The clouds Car Show are all available every year. So come out and take part in one of America's most scenic natural environments.