July 2, 2010.
Another beautiful day in the Colorado Rockies. Temps overnight were not as cool. It was expected to be 90 today. But no worries, we were all taking the Cog Train to the summit of Pikes Peak today. It should be about 40 degrees cooler on the top of the mountain.
We started the day with breakfast at the Air Force Academy Golf Course. We then drove to the Cog Train Station in Manitou Springs, Co. on the outskirts of Colorado Springs. We had reservations for all of us to take the 12:00 train but my sister’s family was running late. So we waited till they arrived and booked passage on the 1:20 train.
It’s about an hour and a half trip up the mountain in the Cog Train. We started out in a lush pine forest and as we got to about 10K feet the trees thinned out to nothing but alpine tundra.
Before long, we were on top of Pikes Peak. On top there is a concession stand and restaurant as well as observation decks.
There’s also a large dirt parking lot to accommodate the visitors that chose to drive up.
The scenery was beautiful even though it was cloudy and raining in spots, so the views weren’t as clear as they could have been.
The temperature was about 40 degrees cooler, probably upper 40’s or low 50’s. It was nice and cool!
We had about 40 minutes on top of Pikes Peak before we had to again board the train for the long trip back. But not before we took the obligatory photo ops.
My sister's family
On the way back down the mountain, we spotted some Big Horn Sheep. I enlarged the photo to see the sheep.
It’s not a cheap excursion at $33 per adult. It was an okay trip. I’m not fond of being packed into seats like a herd of cattle.
I would have preferred to drive up and save the $66 if I had the option. I caught this shot of the road as we passed it on the train. We could see trucks and cars on the road as we crawled up on the train.
On the way home we stopped for pizza at a local restaurant. We slept good that night!