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    Barr Trail

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

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    Aurora, CO
    Trailblazer | 1113 pts
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    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.
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    Belleview, KY
    Explorer | 30 pts
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    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!!!
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    Colorado Springs, CO
    Explorer | 50 pts
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    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.
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    Palmer Lake, CO
    Pathfinder | 150 pts
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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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    Ft. Carson, CO
    Pathfinder | 61 pts
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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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    Lockport, IL
    Adventurer | 202 pts
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    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.
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    Colorado Springs, CO
    Explorer | 20 pts
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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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    Magnolia, TX
    Explorer | 20 pts
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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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    Doleway, AL
    Trailblazer | 5056 pts
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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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