The best way to see Pikes Peak is by taking the Cog Railway or you could hiking the 13 mile Barr Trail or be adventurous and drive up. Whether you drive, hike or take the cog railway to the top of Pikes Peak, it is an unforgettable experience. Luckily by taking the rail, you don't have to worry about driving off the side of the mountain, and you are in the middle of Pike National Forest. It is going to take most of your day. If it's a cloudy day, it may make it hard to see long distances from the Peak. As a caution, make sure to bring a jacket as the temperature gets cooler once you reach the top no matter what the temperature below is. I advise starting your day early. The best train times are early mornings or you can take the last train of day.