I've been staying close to home base in Colorado Springs during these pandemic times, so it seemed appropriate that I should finish this book which I started a couple years ago. I've spent quite a bit of time this summer on Pikes Peak, the skyscraper in my backyard. I rehiked all the trails and routes in the book, including 8 summit routes, a bunch of lower peaks, and 5 great day hikes.
Most hikers just think of the two main trails to the summit -- Barr Trail and Devils Playground Trail -- so they'll be pleasantly surprised to find some different less-traveled paths to reach the top of what is called "America's Mountain."
The lower summit hikes are also superb, climbing to mostly unranked mountaintopsthat are easily accessed from the Pikes Peak Highway. Many of these unranked peaks were also unnamed as well as untrodden, so I took the liberty of naming them for local mountaineers who deserve recognition, including Bob Ormes, Spencer Swanger, and Eleanor Davis (probably the best woman climber in the US in the 1910s), as well as one for Winfield Scott Stratton, a Cripple Creek tycoon who died in 1904 and was one of America's most famous people at that time. Stratton donated the bulk of his fortune, to the chagrin of Colorado Springs elites who challenged his will, to help the poor, orphaned, and indigent citizens of the city.