Originally Posted by scubadude62
We're spending a long overnight in Colorado Springs next month and thought we'd take the toad and drive to the top of Pikes Peak.
Anyone out there driven both the Pikes Peak road and the Going to the Sun Road? How would you compare the two?
Drove up PP in 2016 in our Cherokee, and by then the road was paved all the way to the top.
On the west side of Galcier in 2016 as well, but took a bus up GTTSR to Loagan Pass. Last year on the east side, we drove the Cherokee up GTTSR to Logan Pass once, and spent several more days driving to various points on the east side of GTTSR for hiking. The road on the west side is different too, and in ways the roadway itself is more dramatic than the east, while there are many more accessible trails for easy to moderate hiking on the east side as well.
That said, the road up PP and GTTSR are not at all alike. In Glacier, you feel like you are driving in a National Park, the road is not very wide, much of it cut into sheer cliffs, and you have rock retaining walls as “guard rails”, and you just get the feeling that you are in a very special place with spectacular scenery that you need to pull off and stop to enjoy constantly.
PP feels more wide open, the scenery is not nearly as spectacular, not even close, and the road just doesn’t feel like you are driving anyplace “special”. Yes, some of the views are incredible but it’s not at all like Glacier.
Yes, there are drop offs, and some of them are incredibly big, but in most cases it’s not like they are sheer drops offs with a cliff on one side and straight down on the other, but more steeply angled drop offs that seem to go on forever. Think of it this way, it’s the difference between driving off an overlook at the Grand Canyon (GTTSR) vs. your car tumbling forever going down a ski slope at PP, if that makes any sense
On the other hand, driving PP had been a long standing “bucket list” since I was a kid, just because of the racing history, much more so that GTTSR. And when you get out at the top at 14,000’, you know it. On the other hand, GTTS road is a much more special place in its own way.
Very happy I’ve been able to do both, and I think the pictures below will help put each into better perspective, particularly the bottom two give you a better idea of what the roads are like.
Top left at the top of PP, bottom right from a pull out on PP
Top right from a pull out on the west side of GTTS, bottom left from the east side.