Reaching the Top of Pikes Peak Summit with Jeep

April 17th, 2020 by

Pikes Peak is shown with blue skies.

At Faricy, off-roading adventure is our specialty. As a resident of Colorado Springs, our roots are steeped in off-roading, from the various trails that surround our local area to the vehicles that are ready for dirt, mud, rock, and snow the moment they roll off of our showroom floor. Faricy has earned quite a reputation over the years, particularly for having one of the largest selection of Jeeps for sale in Colorado Springs. From newcomers like the 2020 Jeep Gladiator to long-time classics like the Jeep Wrangler, our collection is filled with vehicles that are not only bound to entertain but can provide you with the kind of long-term reliability and capability that the Jeep brand is known for. As local champions for the off-roading sport, we’ve gathered a wealth of knowledge on all of the local landmarks and spectacular off-road adventures, and few locales in our area are quite as jaw-dropping as Pikes Peak Summit.

What is Pikes Peak?

Rising from the landscape like a stone giant, Pikes Peak is hard to miss when traveling through Colorado. One of the most popular tourist attractions near Colorado Springs, Pikes Peak, is a looming mountain, impressive in both scale and beauty. Pikes Peak is the largest summit within the southern Front Range in the Rocky Mountains, with its highest point measuring in at 14,115-feet high. Situated just 12 miles from the heart of Colorado Springs, and nestled within the Pike National Forest, it is a striking landmark that shouldn’t be missed by both casual tourists and off-road enthusiasts alike.

The Pikes Peak mountain is named after American explorer Zebulon Pike and has earned the subtitle, America’s Mountain, as it is one of the highest points in the United States. Surrounding Pikes Peak is a lush forest, which offers plenty of adventure to be had. Although, the journey to the top of the mountain itself involves 19-miles of rugged terrain that can be ventured either on your own or with a tour guide. Regardless of whether you decide to go solo or with guided assistance, Pikes Peak offers plenty of viewpoints and stop-offs where you can get off the road, stretch a little and take in that glorious Rocky Mountain beauty.

Getting to the Top of Pikes Peak

A red 2020 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited, which is popular among Jeeps for sale in Colorado Springs, is off-roading up a rocky mountain.

Venturing to the top of Pikes Peak is undoubtedly an adventure worth having. While the route to the top is safe, it isn’t necessarily for the faint of heart. Winding mountain roads can be particularly challenging for those inexperienced with the venture. If you plan to do any off-roading and don’t have a vehicle equipped to handle the trek, you may want to consider hiring one of the many tour guides in Colorado Springs.

Colorado Springs is a hotbed for tourism, and there are plenty of local guides and tour companies who will gladly take you up to the top of the mountain. Along the way, these local experts will give you all of the background knowledge that you need to get a full picture of the magic of Pikes Peak Summit. The route up to the summit is known as Pikes Peak Highway, and along this route, you’ll encounter plenty of breathtaking scenery as you venture higher and higher over the alpine countryside. Between looming pine trees and mountain, the road up to Pikes Peak Summit is always best experienced when given the time to stop and truly savor the beauty of the landscape.

On the other hand, if you’re up for more of an adventure, Pikes Peak Summit certainly offers it. Whether you want to take to the dirt on an ATV or want to voyage into the wilderness from the driver’s seat of your 4×4 SUV, there are plenty of trails and challenges worth taking on. If you’re up to taking on the rugged path in earnest and are looking to purchase a car that is ready for anything, we’d almost always suggest buying a member of the Jeep family from one of our talented and passionate automotive dealers.

Why Are Jeep Brand Vehicles Such Spectacular Off-Roaders?

A red 2020 Jeep Gladiator is driving on a dirt, mountain road with the doors off.

Well, for starters, the Jeep brand can trace back their roots to World War II when the manufacturer developed all-terrain vehicles for the US military. This tradition of versatility has continued even into today, providing drivers with vehicles that aren’t just rugged and powerful, but able to cross a bounty of different terrain types. Two vehicles within the Jeep family lineup stand out from the rest as stellar off-roaders: the Jeep Gladiator and the Jeep Wrangler.

The Jeep Gladiator is a rugged pickup truck, designed to be excellent in delivering utility value, but also in having the power and gear to trek well into the most remote parts of the great outdoors. The Jeep Gladiator sports a five-foot truck bed, and plenty of room inside the main cabin for both gear and a few off-roading buddies. While the amount of space inside the Jeep Gladiator is remarkable, it is the off-road gear in the Gladiator that makes it a real stand out. With a four-wheel drivetrain and a high-sailing ground clearance of 11.1 inches, the Jeep Gladiator can surmount a wide range of challenges that Pikes Peak Summit can throw at it. The engine roaring beneath the hood of the Jeep Gladiator is also quite impressive, taking the form of a robust 3.6-liter V6 engine that puts out 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet worth of torque. In the decked out Rubicon trim option, the Gladiator becomes a dependable off-road beast, sporting a set of 33-inch off-road tires, locking front and rear differentials, and a low crawl ratio for impressive off-pavement power delivery.

While the Jeep Gladiator is a sight to see off the pavement, it is the Jeep Wrangler that sits as the true king of the hill. Based on the old Jeep military vehicles of old, the Jeep Wrangler is the epitome of the Jeep brand. Like the Jeep Gladiator, the Wrangler sports some impressive ground clearance even in base Sport models, measuring in at 10.8-inches. The Jeep Wrangler uses the same engine in the Jeep Gladiator, but also provides drivers with the option of a more off-road centric 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine that is responsible for 270 horsepower and some serious low-end delivery. And unlike the Gladiator, you can choose between a two-door or four-door body styling. While the four-door model will undoubtedly offer more room, it is the two-door design that can give you the best off-road performance. And on the subject of off-road performance, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon puts all other models to shame with its impressive set of gear. Sporting 33-inch off-road tires, locking differentials, and a revamped suspension, there aren’t many off-road challenges that the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon will struggle with.

Taking on Pikes Peak with the Help of Our Dealers

If you’re looking for a Jeep for sale near you that has earned a reputation in the Colorado Springs area for phenomenal services and an auto buying experience that is second to none, Faricy is the place to be. Our dealers know a thing or two about off-roading and mountain adventure and will give you all the knowledge and guidance you need to take on Pikes Peak Summit with complete confidence no matter what kind of journey you have in store.