Pikes Peak stands at 14,110 feet above sea level and provides a beautiful backdrop for the Colorado Springs area. This popular tourist destination does provide for some good montane birding. There are many trails that can be hiked where typical montane species can be found. Also, Dusky Grouse, White-tailed Ptarmigan and all three Rosy-Finches can be found on the peak (Brown-capped Rosy-Finch in summer, the others in late fall and early spring). The higher elevations are also an excellent place to find the cute little hampster-like animal called the pika, which is a relative of the rabbit. A cog railway ascends the mountain in the summer months.
County: El Paso
Attractions: Scenery, driving above 14,000 feet
Habitat: Mixed-Conifer Forest, Lodgepole Forest, Spruce-Fir Forest, Alpine Tundra
Directions: From I-25 go west on Highway 24 (exit 141) approximately 9.5 miles to the Pikes Peak Toll Road exit. There are stop lights at this intersection and you will turn left and follow the signs directing you to the Pikes Peak Toll road.
Delorme: 62 B2
Roads of Colorado: 104 C1
Dates of Access: Open all year, but snow may block access in winter
Ownership: US Forest Service, managed by city
Restrictions: Hiking can be a hazardous activity; bring raingear and water, and avoid thunderstorms
Parking: Paved lots
Lodging: Tent camping
Handicapped Access: Some car viewing and easy walking trails