The votes are in and we will summit Pikes Peak via Crags Route. This is a 13.25 mile R/T with 4,300 ft of elevation gain and is a "class 2" hike. Here is a definition of class 2 for your review. This is taken from 14ers.com.
"More difficult hiking that may be off-trail. You may also have to put your hands down occasionally to keep your balance. May include easy snow climbs or hiking on talus/scree."
This IS a solid hike that will require a non-hangover morning, proper hydration and food.
Here are the links to Crags TH and to Crags Campground.
Once we have our crew for this, we will determine if anyone wants to camp and who will meet at the trail head in the morning.
While I typically do not like to climb to a restaurant, the food and facilities might be a needed pit stop after 4300ft and 6 miles plus of hiking. And we get the look from the folks who drove up of "wow" they hiked that whole way:)
I suggest we meet at the Lincoln Park and Ride as it is right off of 1-25.
Here is the suggested apres hike brew.