Routes » Ring the Peak
Ring the Peak is a fully signed and mapped route around 14,110′ Pikes Peak, near Colorado Springs, CO. Currently the trail is 80% complete, but 100% open to bikes! More singletrack is under construction by the Friends of the Peak, but on bike the 20% road detours are easy and fast.
At only about 70 miles long, RTP can be done in a day. But it’s a long day, and you’ve got to suffer to complete it. With plenty of camping opportunities in the National Forest (including developed campgrounds such as the Crags CG), it’d be easy to break it into two days. You could even use Manitou Springs as the mid point, staying in one of many motels in the area.
There is quite a bit of singletrack on this route, and most of it is between 9,000 and 10,000 feet. The high point of the ride is about 11,200′, just near tree-line. Thunderstorms are definitely a concern, and they can happen any time of the day near Pikes Peak.
Sections of the trail can be pretty steep and rough. Solid bike skills are needed, and an ultralight bikepacking load would help reduce the amount of bike pushing.
The Ring the Peak website contains a wealth of information on the trail. Everything from access points to conditions is covered there. For a cyclist’s perspective on the trail, see the Trip Reports section.
Besides the main RTP loop, there are other side trails that are worthy of exploration, with or without camping gear. RTP has several “spokes” that connect to the top of Pikes Peak itself. Climbing Pikes Peak is an unparalleled experience, though only the Barr Trail is recommended for bikes.
Ring the Peak in a day by Scott Morris.
Ring the Peak in a day trip report by Marshal Bird (scroll down in thread)
Cycling Pikes Peak – one of the “spokes” on the RTP route.
Group singlespeed / fixed assault on Ring the Peak.
Official Route site: http://ringthepeak.com/
Friends of the Peak – advocacy group responsible for constructing and maintaining the RTP trail.
Marshal Bird’s description of the trail – from a cyclists perspective