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

"This popular trail offers year-round hiking, great views, and the option to stay overnight at Barr Camp without hauling your tent or camp stove. Early on, the trail has views of Manitou Springs, Colorado Springs (including downtown), and the Garden of the Gods, and later peeks of Pikes. Thousands of people hike, run, and mountain bike the trail every year, yet it’s generally in good condition—thanks largely to the non-profit group Friends of the Peak (FOTP).

In 2006, some 132 FOTP volunteers dedicated the equivalent of 252 days to maintaining and improving the Barr and other local trails. The Barr Trail is a great example of how proper management can maintain the national forests’ tranquility and natural character even in very accessible and popular areas, while highlighting the importance of citizen volunteers."

"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."

Barr Trail Reviews

5
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
icon9 Total
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
7/9/2018
As far as challenging hikes go, this one is among the most grueling and the most breathtakingly spectacular! I like to camp overnight on this trail. The Barr Camp is an excellent place to stay the night and relax before continuing the ascent. The last 3 miles to Pike's Peak is absolutely the hardest. This is such an incredible hike. Beauty, wildlife, elevation gain make it all such an intense, rewarding experience.
0
Comments
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
9/21/2011
The first 3 miles are a 4000 climb and then a light jaunt to Barr Camp for a total of 6miles. The last seven can be done at an easy pace and the last 500 feet are great. We experienced ice an snow from 13K up, saw about 13 mountain goats, ton of chipmunks and marmots. The whole thing took 8 hours if you don't count lunch. Don't forget to bring a water filter because you have to refill at Barr creek. Next time I will spend the night at Barr Camp and then summit. According to the people they serve all you can eat Spaghetti for dinner and Pancakes for breakfast. The only thing difficult about the climb was the distance and altitude otherwise it was a breeze. Highly recommended!!!
0
Comments
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
6/11/2011
The first half of the trail is beautiful and not very challenging ( minus first mile). The real adventure begins after Barr Camp which has amazing people, a must stop. Once past the tree line, awesome views and some pretty challenging switchbacks. The last two miles I would say are the toughest but the reaching the top is all worth it.
0
Comments
3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars
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.
0
Comments
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
1/4/2006
makes an excellent technical downhill ride. lots of fun switchbacks and many opportunities to catch air.
0
Comments
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
8/20/2005
I hiked this trail in the 2005 Pikes Peak Ascent. The trail is heavily traveled but well maintained. If you are going all the way to the top of Pikes Peak, be aware it will be a physically demanding hike. If you are coming from a lower elevation, take time to acclimatize ahead of time. Start early in the AM to beat any thunderstorms, and bring plenty of water. The trail covers 13.32 miles from Manitou Springs to the summit and involves 7815 ft in elevation gain. The Barr Camp provides a good rest stop halfway up or also a good turnaround point.
0
Comments
3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars3 out of 5 stars
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....
0
Comments
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
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.
0
Comments
5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
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.
0
Comments

Barr Trail Photos

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

Activity Feed

Nov 2018