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Reaching The Summit Of The United States' Most Visited Peak
A journey to Pike's Peak, which is over 200 years old, will take you above the clouds, where you can look down over surrounding mountains, the "Garden of the Gods," and the city of Colorado Springs. Additionally, you'll be able to check out the historic Cog Railway, the world's highest cog railroad. Built in the late 1800's, the train was constructed during a time when people would ride a mule for two days to reach the summit. Wildlife viewing is also an option, and you can see what animals have been spotted that day at the entrance of Pike National Forest. Some common sightings include black bears, ewes, rams, marmots, deer and elk.
To reach the summit in a more adventurous fashion, many visitors also park at the 16-mile marker on the highway, and hike four miles to the top from there. There are also various hiking trails off the road. On the day I went, I chose to hike around the Catamount Reservoir for beautiful lake views and a peaceful retreat in the woods.
For a more visual experience, check out the gallery below.
[image above via Jessie on a Journey. Gallery images via Big Stock, Ishrona and Jessie on a Journey]