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Pikes Peak Ultra - 28k



17.6 mile 28.3 kilometer loop
85% Runnable


Ascent: 3,546' 1,081 m
Descent: -3,543' -1,080 m
High: 7,872' 2,399 m
Low: 6,169' 1,880 m


Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)


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Pikes Peak Ultra was an event created to showcase some of the very best trails in Colorado Springs.

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The Pikes Peak Ultra features both 50-mile and 28k distances. The course will highlight trails near Colorado Springs, and it will run through Cheyenne Canon, Mt Rosa, Almagre, and Deer Park. The race will start at Bear Creek Regional Park in Colorado Springs, and head into the Pikes Peak National Forest. The 50-mile race has 12k of gain and 12k of loss, so please be prepared for a tough event!


You'll begin at the parking lot near the dirt trail and will run through the park on singletrack trails for 2.5 miles until your reach Bear Creek Road. Turn left onto the paved road and stay left for half a mile until you reach High Drive. Continue up High Drive, a dirt road, for 2 miles until you reach the gate at the top.

While on High Drive, stay out of the water in Bear Creek. Bear Creek has the last known native greenback trout in Colorado, see story here. Also, there will be no crewing or spectators allowed on High Drive. If needed, we will disqualify runners who have crew or spectators who don't follow this rule.

Once you reach the top of High Drive, turn left onto Lower Captain Jack's (#665), and continue down on the singletrack for 2.5 miles to the aid station. Cross the road, dont go through the tunnel, and turn left onto Spring Creek Trail for one mile.

At the fork, turn right onto the Columbine trail for 2.5 miles. The trail will then intersect with a paved road. Turn right and run up the paved road for less than a half mile to the parking lot. Once you have reached the last aid station, in the parking lot, turn left onto High Drive for one mile back to the gate. From the gate follow High Drive back to Bear Creek Road and through the park to the finish line.

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View of Mount Cutler from Penrose Trail (#665) aka Lower Captain Jack's Trail.
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View of Helen Hunt Falls from Gold Camp Rd.
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Outlook view of Bear Creek Canyon Park from Penrose Trail (#665) aka Lower Captain Jack's Trail.
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Asters alongside Penrose Trail (#665) aka Lower Captain Jack's Trail.
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First Tunnel. Honk and Lights, Please!
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Inside Out of Tunnel Two. Gold Camp Rd.
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