traildamage.com has all the local trails, and lists views and difficulty.
Colorado4x4.org is the big local bulletin board if you're looking for up-to-the-minute trail advice.
The drive to the top of the mountain is a good car road, but I think worth it. 14,000+ feet is a good drive!
There is a road called "rampart range road" that leaves from Garden of the Gods - about 3 miles from Mainitou Springs/Pikes' Peak. That road is a graded, but a bunch of trails run off of it. That's probably the closest.