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Summer has finally landed, and summer means bikes.
Last Summer, six local gentlemen set off on mountain bikes to do what only a handful have done before: ride the entire “Ring the Peak Trail” around Pikes Peak in one day. Three of the riders—Doug Johnson, Scott Boyer and Jon Csakany—spoke with us and shared their photos of the ride in the slideshow above.
Created by and marked byFriends of the Peak over the past decade, the Ring the Peak trail is …
… a collection of trails, four wheel drive roads, and a few paved roads that circumnavigates Pikes Peak The trails cross federal, state, county, city, and sometimes private lands. The total length of the trail system is approximately 63 miles with approximately 80% of the trails completed.
Design and construction is ongoing for the remaining 20%. The altitude ranges between 6,400 feet in Manitou Springs to 11,400 feet in Bull Park, consequently many trails are obscured by snow during the winter months. Ten portals have been designated as access points to the trails, although there are numerous other ways to find your way to the trails.
We recommend their site highly if you want to know more. It has lots of information, links to maps and detailed written descriptions.
We also highly recommend Scott Morris’ excellent blog post and beautiful GPS map of his ride.