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Chris1045

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anyone know where to park to run from say 10K to 14K on road
« on: April 16, 2017, 06:00:56 pm »
My friend says he knows of a place where you can drive about halfway up PP and park there then run to top. Can anyone send me a link to or image of the exact spot where you do this? Thanks.

Mark

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Re: anyone know where to park to run from say 10K to 14K on road
« Reply #1 on: April 16, 2017, 06:20:53 pm »
Elk Park might be the one you are looking for:

http://www.pikespeak.us.com/Activities/hike-the-trails.html

I wouldn't run on the road; hell, it might even be illegal.

There are too many people afraid for their own life driving up and down the road as it is.

Yoni Fridman

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Re: anyone know where to park to run from say 10K to 14K on road
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2017, 10:48:13 am »
Yes, running on the road is illegal. It's not obvious what your friend was referring to, but I can think of two likely options:

1) Elk Park, as Mark mentioned. It starts at almost 12k ft, just below treeline, goes 5.5 miles slightly downhill to Barr Camp, and from there you can take Barr Trail to the summit. One-way, it's about 11 miles, including 1500 ft of elevation loss and 4000 ft of elevation gain. The parking lot is hard to find, I can probably post an image if this is what you're interested in.

2) There's a large parking lot at Devil's Playground, at almost 13k ft. From there, you can get on the Crags trail to the summit, which parallels the road for a while.

I'm not aware of any spot along the road lower down that's runnable to the summit.

Mark C

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Re: anyone know where to park to run from say 10K to 14K on road
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2017, 06:41:44 am »
The only place you could park at close to that elevation would be the crags trail on the west side of the peak.  It does not share any of the route of the Ascent/Marathon.  You can drive to the trailhead, but all the running is on a trail, not the road.  It's a bit over 12 miles up and back, 4500' elevation gain.

Mitch Walma

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Re: anyone know where to park to run from say 10K to 14K on road
« Reply #4 on: May 14, 2017, 05:10:53 pm »
The only place you could park at close to that elevation would be the crags trail on the west side of the peak.  It does not share any of the route of the Ascent/Marathon.  You can drive to the trailhead, but all the running is on a trail, not the road.  It's a bit over 12 miles up and back, 4500' elevation gain.

14.4 miles 4800 is what I get on my training runs up the Crags side. Steep in the beginning, 2-3 miles of gentle running at high altitude from Devil's Playground to the class 2 final climb. It's closed for hazard tree removal until early June. Probably plenty of snow still now.