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LSUfan4444
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Pikes Peak - where to stay
Heading to Boulder in August and will be driving down on Monday afternoon for an early morning Tuesday climb. Any suggestions on where to stay the evening before the ascent? Heading back to Boulder as soon as we’re done.
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AlceeFortier
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re: Pikes Peak - where to stay
broadmoor in colorado springs


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midlothianlsu
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re: Pikes Peak - where to stay
We stayed at the Magnuson Hotel in manitou springs. It is close and there are some good bar/restaurants in town b


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Zappas Stache
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Manitou springs is at the foot of the mountain. Garden of the God's is right there too.


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IllegalPete
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re: Pikes Peak - where to stay
Given all of the 14ers around CO, in addition to dozens of other incredible hikes, why is Pikes Peak so popular?

I have a friend who goes out there with a group from LA every year to climb Pikes Peak and it seems to be a crowd favorite.

Not trying to be snarky, just wondering if anyone could chime in on what sets Pikes Peak apart? Challenge, views, easy access?
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I think it’s just really accessible to the Front Range. 99.9% of people just drive to the top. That’s a pretty amazing experience for a flat lander. As for hiking -the Barr Trail is way long and will wear your arse out - very long round trip . Too long to enjoy for most people. 26 Miles is a long way.

I always liked the Collegiates and would start in St Elmo and take my time over days. My Princeton is great and you feel like you have it to yourself. And Mt Evans is really cool and has some short routes that are great day hikes. Long’s Peak was the preferred peak for Boulderites but scares the shite out of me. That one unnerves me but people talk about it like it’s nothing. I have nightmares about some of those ledges and rock scrambles. I’ve talked about that here before and understand people disagree with me on this.

OP should do some Boulder hikes -park at NCAR in Boulder, check out Mallory Cave and hike Bear Mountain . Love that one. And definitely hit Gregory Canyon/ Green Mountain and Mt Sanitas for a power hike especially if it’s cold because it’s full sun exposure . Enter off the side road and start on the steep steps and then come down the gradual slope in the front. That used to be my daily jam. Love that hike. 45 minutes up - 30 down .

OP - tell us how it went . As for hotels I’d choose one with a bed and toilet.


BCMCubs
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re: Pikes Peak - where to stay
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always liked the Collegiates and would start in St Elmo and take my time over days. My Princeton is great and you feel like you have it to yourself. And Mt Evans is really cool and has some short routes that are great day hikes


The collegiates are unreal. We make a couple trips there each year

We did Mt Elbert last year but couldn’t spend much time at the summit due to impending weather.

Ill definitely agree with you though. When we first moved to Colorado, we drove up to Pikes. It was amazing because we had never seen anything like that before
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SCndaBR
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re: Pikes Peak - where to stay
We stayed at the Outlook Lodge. It was top 2 of places we stayed in our 2 week road trip through the region.

Their website


LSUfan4444
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Thanks guys


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RealityTiger
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re: Pikes Peak - where to stay
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people just drive to the top.
Driving Independence Pass up to the Continental Divide outside of Aspen is much better. For starters, you pass a real ghost town on the way to the top. The scenery is so beautiful, it's on a spiritual level.


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re: Pikes Peak - where to stay
stayed at a vrbo place in the "old colorado city" area. it was a great area with a view of pikes peak. several restaurants, coffee shops, and bars within easy walking distance. Manitou Springs has some decent looking places as well but a little more crowded.


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8thyearsenior
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Driving Independence Pass up to the Continental Divide outside of Aspen is much better.

that is 3.5 hours away Chief.

The Broadmoor is rad but if you are doing an early night to get up early to go hike I wouldn't waste the $$$. Plenty of hotels in the Springs to choose from that are15 minutes away.

I think Pikes and Evans are for driving since they are paved. Plenty of others to hike but do whatever makes you feel good.


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