Barr Trail

Pike National Forest, Colorado

Distance11.5mi
Elevation Gain10,442ft
Trailhead Elevation6,692ft
Top14,089ft
Elevation Min/Max6692/14089ft
Elevation Start/End6692/6692ft

Barr Trail

Barr Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Manitou Springs, Colorado. It is within Pike National Forest. It is 11.5 miles long and begins at 6,692 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 23.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 10,442 feet. The Pay Parking is near the trailhead. The Barr Camp site and the 2 Miles information guidepost can be seen along the trail. There is also a bench along the trail. Near the end of the trail are restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Longs Ranch Road.

Barr Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"While most folks will want to turn around at Barr Camp, it's theoretically possible to ride to the summit. The toll road goes to the summit for those who find a willing friend to drive a shuttle vehicle.

However you ride it, Barr trail is one tough cookie with more than 7,000 feet in altitude change! Try to enjoy the spectacular views while struggling to take in the ever-decreasing oxygen. Watch out for other travelers on this busy trail! Located in Manitou Springs. Tread: 11.7 miles of singletrack."

"This great hike heads up the lower section of the world-famous Barr Trail, which reaches the summit of Pikes Peak (14,115 feet), the highest mountain in the Colorado Springs area. This hike climbs the steep switchbacks on the lower section of the trail, and ends at a stunning overlook on the Eagle’s Nest Trail."

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8/1/2006
Although very long, it was well maintained and easy to follow. I would not attempt this in the snow if you are not a well seasoned hiker or not in good physical shape. This is a well rated trail because of the length but take your time and enjoy the awesome scenery you will pass by. Be sure to bring your camera with you.
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1/4/2006
makes an excellent technical downhill ride. lots of fun switchbacks and many opportunities to catch air.
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7/12/2005
I guess I'm spolied, I like the trails up in Rocky Mountain Nation Park.....they have lakes to hike too!!! Yes the mountian to Pikes Peak great but the water falls going to Cub lake and Fern breathe taking....
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6/6/2001
Excellently maintained trail. Hiked from trail head to the summit. Time was 5.5 hours. Make sure you bring water, however you can refill at Barr Camp. Hundreds of beautiful views so take a camera. Be prepared for weather changes near the top. The last 3 miles can be challenging as there are more rocks to hike over and there may snow to trudge through (as much as 2.5 feet deep). Not to mention the air is quite thin at that altitude. I pre-purchased a train ticket to ride the Cog Rail back down the mountain. A round trip hike could take 10 hours or more.
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7/17/2000
In preparation for the Pikes Peak Mountain Bike Race, I rode my mtb from Manitou Springs to the summit of Pikes Peak via Barr Trail. From the bottom to Barr Camp the trail is very ridable, an excellent workout. About a mile or so past Barr Camp the rocks imbedded in the trail get much bigger and, with the decreasing oxygen, grade gets steeper, and dirt gets looser, the trek turns into a hike-a-bike session - long and grueling, especially wearing Sidi cycling shoes with pedal cleats. But then about 100 yards from the summit the trail becomes ridable again. It's totally cool when the flatlander tourists see you ride up. I saw 3 different video cameras pointed at me and several still camera shots. Then numerous came over to ask all about journey. Talk about an ego booster. Great trail. Barr Camp is a life saver for water. The descent is just about as painful as the ascent, considering how fatigued from going up. Going down you realize just how steep it is. Be prepared to buy a new set of break pads after the descent. Good luck.
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Trail Information

Pike National Forest
Nearby City
Pike National Forest
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Pikes Peak Ranger District, Pike National Forest
Local Contacts
Trails Illustrated Pikes Peak/Canon City #137
Local Maps