Cog Railway to Pikes Peak
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I made reservations 5 days ago just because of Labor Day weekend. It's $30.00 for one round trip ticket. You have to arrive 30 minutes early to buy your ticket. What's nice about it is that you are assigned a car and a seat. When I arrived at the train station it was cool so i bought me a sweatshirt. If it's cool here imagine what it will be at the top at 14,110 feet.
We left at 8:00am from Manitou Springs and started our one and half hour ride by train to the top of Pikes Peak. The scenery is so beautiful. In the begining you are surrounded by trees. As you climb in elevation the trees start to thin out and the air becomes cooler. The tempature at the bottom was 60 degrees F. at the top it was 37 degrees F.
Much of the fame of Pikes Peak is due to its location near the eastern edge of the Rockies.
Pikes Peak is made of a characteristic pink granite, called Pikes Peak granite. The pink color is due to a large amount of potassium feldspar. The granite was formed by an igneous intrusion in the Pre-Cambrian, approximately 1.
During the period of exploration in Colorado, many would refer to the mountain as "Pike's Peak," after Zebulon Pike, the man who first documented it and attempted to climb to its summit. The attempt failed to reach the summit for this attempt was made during the winter months. The snow drifts were reported chest high at the time of the climb.
Edwin James was successful to reach the summit in his attempt during a summer month's attempt. Later, some suggested "James' Peak," after Edwin James, the first man who successfully climbed to the summit. However, in this area there was another "James' Peak" which made identification of the peak a confusing issue. The name went back and forth until it was settled with a uniquely identifiable name.
Originally the peak was called "Pike's Peak", but in 1891, the newly-formed US Board on Geographic Names recommended against the use of apostrophes in names, so officially the name of the peak does not include an apostrophe.
The first non-natives to sight Pikes Peak were the members of the Pike expedition, led by Zebulon Pike. After a failed attempt to climb to the top in November 1806, Pike wrote in his journal (emphasis added):
- ...here we found the snow middle deep; no sign of beast or bird inhabiting this region. The thermometer which stood at 9° above 0 at the foot of the mountain, here fell to 4° below 0. The summit of the Grand Peak, which was entirely bare of vegetation and covered with snow, now appeared at the distance of 15 or 16 miles (26 km) [24–26 km] from us, and as high again as what we had ascended, and would have taken a whole day's march to have arrived at its base, when I believed no human being could have ascended to its pinical (sic -- "pinnacle" was intended).