Hiking up Pike’s Peak was something I have dreamed about doing for some time. However, I knew in the short period of time we were in Colorado this time around, I couldn’t make it up the more popular Barr Trail. So with some searching, I found the Crag’s trail going up Pike’s Peak from the Western side. We stayed at the Crags Campground and started hiking up from there. The trail is approximately 7 miles to Pike’s Peak’s Summit, very doable but with the lack of oxygen, it is slow for us lowland people. The views, like expected, are to die for and except for the lack of oxygen, I didn’t find the trail to be all that difficult. If you don’t hike often, you are going to feel it in your calves but if you hike, you should use most of the muscles regularly and they shouldn’t feel quite so worn out. No matter what, you will feel some use of the muscles.
The downside to this is once we reached the Devil’s Playpen, we both started feeling the lack of oxygen and immediately started down, so we didn’t reach the summit. We will try it again the next time we are in Colorado and since my trip there in August (being that I’m writing this in November), I have found a nice little trick…take portable oxygen with you. It’s cheap, lightweight, and can be readily purchased at some sporting stores but can be found online. I have since purchased two bottles just to see what they were like and they have no weight at all and each bottle contains 2 liters of oxygen. Use the term “recreational oxygen” when searching online.
Something like this:
As far as the rest of it goes: I’ll let the pictures speak for themselves:
Some Useful Links for this Hike: