Barr Trail to Pikes Peak is a 23 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Manitou Springs, CO that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
The trail is wide and very accessible from the ascension and descension standpoint. The last mile is the hardest and takes a lot of stamina to conquer the final walk across the boulder field.
awesome hike, the first two miles are definitely the worse otherwise it's not too bad of a trail, perfect time yesterday with some of the leaves changing and crisp fall air.
I've done it twice this week! I love it. I'm from Indiana and I'll be back to summit Pikes!! Yesterday in the fog it was so beautiful! Monday when it was warm and clear out it was also beautiful!!
If you don't have the time or stamina to do the full round-trip hike you can consider taking the cog railway to the Mountain View drop off. From there it's 1.5 mile trail to Barr Camp where you can then link up to Barr trail for the ascent to Pike's Peak (3-5 hours). Once on top you can choose to hike it back down all the way or book a return on the cog railway.
Hiked it again with my son (hiked it last month - see review) today and completed it up and down in 13 hrs 45 min. Grueling at the top mile or two. Good trail but long. Glad to have it officially out of the way.
Awesome trail! Beautiful views! Left parking lot at 5am, reached the summit at 2pm. Back down to Barr Camp for night. The last mile is tough but you just keep going step by step. Take plenty of high energy snacks and drink lots of water. Can filter water at Barr camp and A frame shelter. A great family hike.
The best. A must hike.
Up and back took me 10 hrs, although it is easier on the way down, it is more painful on the knees and thighs!
Great trail. My pup and I just made it up to top of the incline peak and back because it started pouring rain and got really cold. 8 miles round trip and my legs definitely feel it. Beautiful scenery along the way. You definitely see why so many people hike this trail.
Tough hike but we'll worth it. Water available to filter at Barr camp.
Hiked it with a friend/vet who is a double amputee ( lost his lower legs in IED explosion in Afghanistan in 2012). First time for both of us. Figuring if he could do it, it would prob require 2 days so we took camping gear. This put my pack at just over 30 lbs and his around 15. This obviously made it much harder but we were able to finish it. Camped in the A-frame shelter at 12k which saved us from having to set up tent. Started at 6 am and got to shelter at 7. Long day. Broke camp around 8 next morning and reached summit around 2 after taking many breaks and talking to many hikers interested in talking to my friend about his condition and thanking him for his service and inspiring them and others. Beautiful camping spot at a frame with a variety of colorful flowers, a stream, and gorgeous views at sunrise. Caught a ride down as downhiking is very diffcult for my friend. Highly recommend this hike. Plan on going back to go up and down in a day with a light load.
The Barr Trail becomes exponentially difficult as you reach the summit. Manage your energy for the push up top, signaled by the "Golden Steps". On the second half I went through a 3L Camelback, so keep an eye on your water. Not there is anything you can do about running out.
As for pace we went from 39 min miles to 45 min miles, to forget about timing, let's just get there.
Distance markers are sketchy, placed inconsistently and "off". Watch for the Mtn. bikers, they are on top of you with zero warning.
Beautiful hike, can't wait to go back and summit Piikes Peak.
Only hiked to Barr camp and back down. Loved Barr camp but trail too crowded with runners. Crags trail to Pikes Peak is definitely better with less people and stunning scenery along the entire trail. Got so sick of people running up and down this trail will never do it again. Does provide a good workout so 3 stars given along with Barr camp.
Great terrain and easy grade at bottom. Be prepared to hike with supplies, snacks, water, and light jacket even in summer. Amazing views of Colorado Springs and beyond. What a fantastic 14ner to start with as a new hiker in 2011!
Excellent classic trail... maintained and structured well. This stretch is beautiful and a classic traditional trail with easy gravel and a steady grade increase. Got an early start and enjoyed the entire trip. Moderate intensity.