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off road driving
17 hours ago

Great and easy.

off road driving
1 day ago

The mysterious object blocking the trail is still there. We drove around it over the ice, but I definitely would not recommend it. Super scary !!!!

7 days ago

I hiked this trail last Saturday and there was no snow to speak of at all during my outing. My pup and I only saw one couple on our way back so it was a very quiet and secluded hike. The creek in the beginning of the trail did have some ice on it and looked very beautiful. I am guessing this will be a busy trail in the summer due to the campgrounds there.

Climbed on March 11th, 2018. Took me about 6 hours to get to the top after stopping periodically for the view and lunch. Climb was fairly easy until around 11,500 ft, then the elevation started to slow me down. Not much snow on the bottom but by the time we reached the top it was 3' in some spots. Close to the top you can only identify the trail by prints in the snow. Views were fantastic and photo ops were abundant. Crowded at the top by people who drove up (Road closes at 3pm for the way up, 4pm on the way down).

It was definitely a lot of a fun, and I'm sure I'll do it again.

off road driving
9 days ago

Demetri, Keith & anyone else that might want to share: Please never publicly share the location of an abandoned vehicle (especially with the make and model)... trailsoffroad.com mentions it a bit more responsibly:

> Special Note - Winter Season 2017/2018: There is a large object that is blocking part of the trail. This blockage is a full blocking of the trail at the location. trailsoffroad teams will be out soon to document exactly where this debris is and will note it here as "as far as you can go". The Pike's Peak Ranger District has been made aware of the object, but it may be spring before it's removed from the trail. Do NOT try to bypass the object as some have and turn around. If you do a Trip Report for this trail, please take GPS cordinates of the problem when you encounter it and we will note it here.

off road driving
10 days ago

took my stock 18 Crosstrek today with 4 friends and murdered most of that trail. Stock tires, 8.7 inches of ground clearance saved our asses.

Note: about 10 miles in there is a small frozen stream with a Ford escape frozen solid up to mid door. inside is full of ice, its awesome. Unfortunately you can't easily get passed it. I don't think the forest service can clear it till spring.

Awesome hike ! Make sure you check in at Barr Camp to see about the weather on the summit. The first time I attempted the winds were 60mph so the roads and train were closed. Decided it wasn’t safe to keep going. Came back a second time , no regrets.

off road driving
29 days ago

The snow is starting to melt up there, and creating some some mud holes. The first half of the trail was pretty easy, but tight - 307. The second half, (optional) on 311A is much steeper and higher clearance is required. As Josh stated below, take it slow. At the bottom of 311A, we found the gem that Josh refers too and I wasn’t taking any chances on that crossing and came back up. This is a unique trail in that there are lots of cool boulders and tight spaces, with some off-camber driving, but does not have a ton of great views as some of the other trails have. If you are looking for a little more of a challenge than some of the easier trails, this is a great run. NOTE: We did this trail in a raised Jeep Rubcon Recon 4-Door and didn’t have to do any backing. For those that may do this with full size trucks, backing may be required to get through certain areas.

off road driving
1 month ago

What a fun trail. The wife and I attempted to loop yesterday. Either way you go you will have to turn around. Frozen section that is too sketchy to cross. But in that frozen section is a gem to see. Someone attempted it and did not fair too well. The trail was quite fun and with snow and ice in certain areas it made for fun and challenging! Def need some clearance for certain spots but overall take it slow and you should be good

This was my first 14er a few years ago and I love going back. Absolutely wonderful! Why drive to the top when you can hike it??? The views certainly make up for the painful switchbacks towards the top. Loved it. ❤

off road driving
1 month ago

This trail was awesome! And I like the intermediate rating over all. Definitely recommend with at least a good clearance 4x4 capable car if you’re doing the whole loop.
We went around the look in a counter clockwise fashion at the end of January and there was a good amount of the trail that was packed snow. (More than 90%). So given our conditions, I would say 80% of the trail is easy peasy. Doable with 2x4. Another 15% of the trail was no big deal with any 4x4 with at least SUV clearance.
The last 5% consists of three specific short sections that were quite technical in our stock Nissan Xterra. I wouldn’t suggest it in anything lower clearance than that. I think most of the difficulty came from the snow pack,but they were some decently large boulders and holes. These places were all on the section at the end that connects the two sides of the Y. So you can avoid them if you’re worried about it. Overall, I really enjoyed it! Don’t be the guy that’s stuck in the frozen river though. Know your limits. Drive careful.

Hiked today with husband 4 mikes up gave my lungs a workout

absolutely amazing hike. everyone should do it at least once in their life, it's a great challenge!

worth seeing and hiking up past the bells! (Did in August 2017)

Great trail 1/12/18. Fun and very few people

The best hike I've ever done!

My profile: I'm a really active guy and I've been living all my life at sea level. I moved to Colorado Springs 6 months ago.

I've done the Barr trail twice.

- A month ago, at the beginning of December 2017, I tried the Barr Trail through the Incline. It took me 7h to reach the summit and for several times I had to stop for some seconds to catch up with my breath. It was my first time at the incline and the first time over 10,000 feet.

- After my first attempt a month ago, I did the Incline 5 times and twice to Barr Camp to get ready. Then, January 9th 2018 I did my real Barr Camp trail.

I started at 8.30am. It took me 37min to finish the Incline and in 1h50 min from my start I was at Barr Camp. I reached the summit of Pikes Peak in a total of 5h30min. I ate at the bar some spaghetti that I brought with me and after 20 min break I went back down. It took me 3h50min to do the way down, also through the Incline.

My advice: go to Barr Camp a couple of times before to try Pikes Peak. It's worth it because it will allow you to enjoy the views a little bit more when you're over 10,000. Also, the last 2 miles can be miserable and endless if you're not used to the altitude.

off road driving
2 months ago

This is an awesome trail! I have a 2017 stock Jeep Unlimited Wrangler. The trail was not an issue. The top was closed for the winter but it was a fantastic drive with amazing views.

Fantastic Trail! It’s great even in the winter when there’s not much snow!

We have done this twice. The first time when our twins were 9 and again with friends when our kids were 10. It is not an easy trail above Barr Camp. Our kids started hiking at age 2. We were EXPECTING it to be difficult for them. That said, it was the hardest AND MOST REWARDING trail we have ever hiked. We have camped both in the outdoor "lean-to" shelters and in the bunks indoor at Barr Camp. Carry plenty of snacks for energy and plenty of water. Be prepared for weather to deteriorate as you approach noon above treeline. It can come in from BELOW you. Above treeline, there is no shelter until you reach the summit gift shop. Lightening can be an issue. This is a phenomenal hike but BE PREPARED. DO YOUR RESEARCH.

2 months ago

Trail was beautiful. Walked this trail December 30th 2017.

I moved to Colorado from sea level about a month ago. The first 10 miles of this trail is relatively easy... but around 12,000ft the altitude started to take effect.

Took about 12-13hrs round trip.

Fantastic trail

3 months ago

great trail. wonderful views.

Hike was tough. Take your time, bring lots of water and high energy snacks. The view is worth the hike. I hiked the trail twice. The first time was up and back. The second time was up and then rode the incline down. Wonderful time.

off road driving
3 months ago

had a blast. not too technical. made it through in a stock escape . barely:) end of November...

Love this trail so much I even went when Incline was closed and got to take time to see the waterfall, creek and get above the fog to see the sea of white clouds. Amazing.

off road driving
4 months ago

the gate was closed and this was still one of the best views i've ever seen. we were there at sunset and it was unbelievable. couple fun obstacles to mess around on if you choose to do so, totally avoidable if not. if you'd like to see a video of the run i have one up at:


07 ranger manual
no lift
no locker
no sway bar

youtube trail channel: b roll offroad

have fun!

off road driving
4 months ago

Real fun. Took the loop part of the trail counterclockwise. Couple spicy spots just after you come over the 'top' of the loop and are heading back out. Otherwise pretty mellow but still fun. 2dr Rubicon, ran nearly all of it in 2wd no problem. Never went to 4lo.

trail running
4 months ago

11-11-2017 I hiked this as an out and back from the Spruce Grove TH. Less than 6 miles RT and a little over 1K' elev. gain. Not sure what that lollipop trail map is. Maybe that's the right turn about 3/4 of the way to the summit? I assumed that was probably the Hankins Pass turn.

4 months ago

Nice hike! Frosty trail in spots but mostly clear trail.10am -2pm nice sun filtered thru the mostly evergreen trail.

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