To the Summit of Pike's Peak
As we went up the side of the mountain, the landscape gradually changed, the thick trees becoming more and more scarce. Soon we passed the timber line, above which no more trees can grow due to altitude. In this treeless grassland, we saw some wild mountain goats, as well as marmots living among the rocks. As we continued to go up, the terrain became even more rocky with less vegetation.
We began to see some patches of snow. When we reached the top, it was cold, but sunny. Even though it had been summer at the bottom of the mountain, here it was cold enough to be winter.
We looked around at the giftshop, as well as taking time to look at the breathtaking view. From this high elevation, one could see many miles—some even claimed that one could see all the way to the Kansas border from this height.
We had to be careful to not overstay, as we didn't want to miss our train ride back down the mountain. We climbed back in, and the train started back down. As we traveled, the guide told us about different sites on the way, as well as different men who had explored this mountain.
It can take eight hours just to climb up the mountain, but we had gone the easy way and taken the train.