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The site lies within Pike National Forest and doesnot require permission to enter. The only formal requirement is the toll charged at the entrance to the Pikes Peak toll road, which goes all the way to the summit of the peak, elevation 14,110 ft (4,300 m). The hard-bottom dirt road is kept in excellent condition. Twowheel drive vehicles can make the climb, but vehicles with carburetors tuned to low elevations may have trouble reaching the summit. Depending on snow conditions, the toll road is generally open from May 1 to October 31. The Pikes Peak toll road is reached by driving west on U.S. 24 from Colorado Springs to the small town of Cascade, 12 mi (19 km) away (Figs. 1 and 2).A leisurely trip of a single day should be sufficient to observe the geological relationships of the intrusive center.

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