Sentinel Point stands out. I first saw it on the way up to the Dome Rock viewpoint about 4 miles farther west. It looked formidable... more » then. I can tell you now, you will remember this hike. This 12,500 ft mountain received its name because it seems to stand as a guard to the west side of Pikes Peak. It is aptly named. The hike is not all that long, but it will challenge you both physically and mentally. If you like puzzles, think of this as hiking up a puzzle, especially the 1.5 miles of the Cairned Trail. If you like to feel the size of the mountains, you will want to do whatever it takes to stand in the saddle among the four peaks at the top of the trail. If you begin early enough, you could climb the east side peaks for a view of Pikes back.
The GPS map shows this as a loop hike. That's how it was presented to me. I like loop hikes, but unless you are strong and agile, I'd recommend going back down the way you came up, once you've enjoyed your time at the summit. Traveling from POI 12 to 13 is dicey. Obviously, it's possible (otherwise you wouldn't be reading this), but it's not for the faint of heart -- once you start, you'll find it exceedingly difficult to climb back up and go down the other way. less «