When Rob and I were in Colorado Springs, we had plans to ride the Cog Railway up to Pikes Peak. We were well aware of the risk of accidents that we even discussed do I need to speak to insurance after getting rear-ended. However, we didn’t make plans way ahead of time, so the day before we were to head that way we found out they were booked weeks ahead of time. We started researching driving up ourselves. Rob is no stranger to driving, so I had no doubt that he could do it.
After finally getting to the top, we parked and looked at the views, got some pics, and went inside. Apparently they have world famous donuts. We used Apple Pay to make our purchase which is always super quick and convenient. Donuts were pretty good.
One thing to mention regardless of whether you drive or ride up, you will experience altitude sickness. Both Rob and I were just not feeling great, so we tried to stay up there to help us get over it. With altitude sickness, you may experience headaches, lightheadedness, out of breath, and possibly nauseousness.
On your way down, you may have to stop for a brake check, where they will check your brakes to make sure they haven’t gotten too hot. If so they’ll ask you to pull over for a few minutes, which really isn’t a big deal, because by that time you’ll probably be ready for a break. You can go into the shop and use the restroom and maybe even grab a snack. However, there was no one there to check out brakes when we were going through, but we stopped anywayto look in the shop and use the facilities.
Near the entrance/exit to the road to Pikes Peak is the “North Pole” and Santa’s Workshop.
So here’s what we learned to be the Pros & Cons of Driving Up Pikes Peak:
Peaceful (no narration)
Great for the adventurous ones
Go at your own pace
More flexibility with when you come and go
Cheaper than taking the Cog rail
No reservations needed
Not good for fearful, unconfident driver
Not suited for those that get easily carsick either
Need a car with good breaks
Need to plan ahead and make reservations
I have quite a bit of video footage of our ride up and back down. I’ll be adding a video of that soon, once I get it put together.
You can see more pics here.