Pikes Peak

I thought today I’d present to you Pikes Peak.  I grew up in Colorado Springs and this 14,000 ft. mountain peak stood tall over the city.  Almost everyday you could see the mountain peak from where ever you were in the city.  Most of the images that you see of the Pikes Peak are from the city or with the Garden of the Gods in front of the peak, but today I thought I would give you a view from across the open plains to the northeast.  I guess I envision is a similar vision to what the early settlers would have seen across the open plains.  The early spanish settlers called this mountain “El Capitan” before it was renamed by Zebulon Pike.

Pikes Peak is the easternmost fourteen thousand foot peak in the United States.  It stands 14,110 ft. above sea level and 8000 ft. above the city of Colorado Springs, Colorado.  It’s one of Colorado’s 54 Fourteeners (mountains above 14,000 ft.). I was hoping the clouds would clear away showing the top of the peak on the morning I took this shot, but never did materialize.  I thought though that this image was still unique as the Alpen glow filling the clouds around the mountain giving the sky a dramatic look around the peak.  The smaller mountain to the left of Pikes Peak is Cheyenne Mountain.  Cheyenne Mountain is famous for NORAD (North American Aerospace Command) which continues to operate within the mountain.

Pikes Peak - ©2012 Rick Louie Photography - All Rights Reserved.
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Capture Notes:

  • Nice call of taking this from the other side. Wonderful color and light. I really love Pike’s Peak. The last time I was there, I drove to the top and on the way down had to “rest” my brakes.

  • This shot is epic! I love it with the clouds! Fantastic shot Rick. I heard they paved the road all the way up to the summit. Is this true?

    • Thanks. Adam, the road is paved now except for the last 0.7 miles. I’m guessing they’ll have it done this year.

  • This is so pretty. I want to come hike the Rockies!

  • I love how it is shrouded in clouds.

  • That’s a very cool shot man. Love those clouds!

  • That’s a beautiful Mountain-Scape. A lovely glow in the sky that contrast really well with the icy cold colours of the foreground. I can’t believe they’ve paved a road to the summit. I may be out of order but I really believe the wilderness and the high peaks should remain just that – wild and untamed.

  • What a great scene, Rick. I actually love the clouds shrouded around the peak, adds a little magic. Awesome sky too, man.