This afternoon we took a trip to the top of Pikes Peak which sits 14,110 feet above sea level. At this height there is approximately half the oxygen of the air at sea level. The most common way to access this is via the Pikes Peak Highway which travels 19 miles up the mountain to the summit.
When we arrived we were told that only 16 of the 19 miles were open due to snow and ice covering the road. However, upon reaching the ranger blocking the path, we were told that it should be opened as soon as they finished digging out the snow to the top. While we waited we explored the area and discovered the effects of 50% oxygen in the air. It only took a few moments to become tired from climbing on the rocks.
Finally, we made it to the top and got some awesome shots of the expanse that is the Rocky Mountains!
Garden of the Gods offered an amazing view of rock structures scattered about the base of the Rocky Mountains. We managed to arrive at the park just moments after sunrise and the effect was breathtaking. Words cannot adequately describe it so lets see how some pictures work…