Pikes Peak 2010: On Top of the World

In July 2010, my friends and I drove from Dallas to Manitou Springs, Colorado. While we were there, we took the Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway up to the top of the mountain. Here are my favorite photos from that trip.

Getting to the Top


The train to the top is painted bright red, with these cool chrome letters on the side

Train on the Mountain

It’s very weird to see a train atop a mountain.

End of the line

This is the end of the line for the Manitou & Pikes Peak Cog Railway.

Highway to Heaven

There’s also a road to the top of the mountain. Every year they have a race to the summit.

Above the Clouds

Strange and Beautiful

A view from the top. It’s strange and beautiful to stand above the clouds.

Almost to the Top

Almost to the top of the mountain. The vegetation is getting sparse.

Alpine Meadow

There’s very little vegetation at this altitude.

Mountain Lake

I bet I was at least a mile or two above this lake.

Rolling Hills

The views of the rolling hills stretched on forever. I felt like I should be able to see my house in Dallas if I looked hard enough.


Picture from just above the treeline. Trees don’t grow above this point.

Bald Mountain

Just above the treeline. Notice the “bald” mountain off in the distance.

This trip to Colorado was one of the best in my life. To see more photos from this trip, check out my pictures from a hike up Mount Cutler.

Steve Lovelace

Steve Lovelace is a writer and graphic artist. After graduating Michigan State University in 2004, he taught Spanish in Samoa before moving to Dallas, Texas. He blogs regularly at http://steve-lovelace.com.

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