Ascent to Pikes Peak-Glen Cove Gift Shop on 2002-01-22

Climber: John Hasch

Date:Tuesday, January 22, 2002
Ascent Type:No Summit Goal
    Motorized Transport to Summit:Car
Point Reached:Pikes Peak - Glen Cove Gift Shop
    Elevation:11425 ft / 3482 m

Ascent Trip Report

(Penned from memory on 01/09/2007):

I was in Colorado Springs due to the funeral of my uncle. Before returning to our home in Indiana, I decided to take a drive up the mountain. I knew the summit was not attainable even before I began the trip. Since I was in the area, however, I did not want to miss this opportunity. The road to the summit is closed during the winter months due to the obviously hazardous high winds and uncertain snow and ice conditions.

The day was clear, cool, and without snow in the relatively lower altitudes of Colorado Springs. In other places, this might be considered ideal conditions. But the winter driving rules have been enforced for years regardless of this day or this climber.

The road to the summit is a 19-mile long toll road that begins from US Hwy 24 near Cascade, CO. The road is paved for the first several miles, but it becomes a dirt road of many switchbacks in the final stretch to the summit.

Ironically, US Hwy 24 runs within a mile of Dad's home, and I had traveled (and continue to travel) stretches of this road in Indiana for countless miles.

The toll road winds past a couple mountain lakes, and the winter route, entirely on paved road, is closed at Glen Cove about 13 miles from the entrance. The Glen Cove elevation of 11,425 computes to an elevation gain of 4,715 ft, or about 64% of the total gain from entrance to summit. This is fairly consistent with the 68% of completion if you measure the 13 miles vs. the 19-mile total road to the top.
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