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Great hike. What a fantastic 360 degree view at the summit.

Nice length and difficulty with a beautiful view at the top. Not as heavily trafficked as other trails in the area with the leaf peepers. My GPS put it at 5 miles round trip.

backpacking
1 day ago

Great uphill hike. Used it for training (backpacking) for my dog and I. Uphill the entire way out, so downhill back. Rewarded w/ a beautiful aspen meadow at the top. Lots of creek access for water and ambiance. Really enjoyed it. 5.8 miles out and back.

This trail is really well maintained! We got to the trail around 9am on Saturday and there were only 5 vehicles. When we returned two hours later there were a lot more vehicles. The trail was crowded and only passed a handful of other hikers. We ended up taking a different trail (vayhinger) before the loop that led us down to the reservoir. One of the nicest hikes we’ve been on— really enjoyed it! Some of the aspens were just starting to change color

Hiked on 9/20/18 started late on the day and was able to do half way only . The trail is very well maintained and easy to follow but the elevation gain is the hard part . If you can tolerate the elevation gain this is an awesome fourteener. I will attempt again next summer .

Great Trail winding up and down along the creek with cool waterfall. It's easy to lose the trail when you have to cross the creek. The yellow marker is easy to see after you cross the creek.

This trail is rated as hard and it sort of is, but I think this is a great trail for beginners. It’s decently tracked out and it’s a good challenge to push yourself even if you’re just getting started. I like it because I don’t often run into people and that’s one of the things I seek most in a trail. I gave it four stars because the views are pretty cool but not amazing.

walking
3 days ago

great relaxing paved trails. saw deer and rabbits. Some areas are off the paved bits and have stunning rock formations.

Hiked the Barr Trail Tuesday Sept. 18. This was my first 14er. Started at 4:30am and reached the the summit at 2:40pm. The last three miles were steep and just went on forever. I was very happy we had made arrangements with My Rock Mountain Ride to pick us up at the summit and return us to the trailhead..

Two friends and I did the trail on Saturday 9-15. We started at 6:30am and finished at 2:30pm. I agree with everyone that the first four miles are tough and the last three miles are rough due to elevation and slope grade. Bring more water than you’d expect. Other than that everyone is friendly on the trail and it was not as populated as expected for a beautiful Saturday.

Not the most spectacular falls by any means, but an average hike with some elevation gain. Heavy traffic with familes and dogs on a narrow trail most of the way. If you're up for the challenge and more miles I highly suggest continuing up to Mt. Rosa for some beautiful views.

hiking
6 days ago

I did this hike on the way to Kineo Mountain. Pretty easy hike with a lot of familes with small children and dogs. I highly suggest continuing on past the 7th bridge for a more secluded hike and more of a challenge as most people turn around. My dog of course loved all the water to play in and there are some great hammock and lunch spots in the trees along the river.

Easy walk, reservoir is very low, leaves are barely starting to change. Beautiful day!

This was a fun yet very challenging hike! It says moderate but the hilly roads you have to climb just to get to the trailhead and then to the reservoir make it difficult. The meadow along the creek is beautiful once you climb the switchbacks. It seems like the never ending hike but we pushed ourselves with the encouragement of other hikers making their way back! Because we hadn’t anticipated such a long hike we didn’t get to enjoy the reservoir that much and would much rather drive to enjoy it next time. It took us 2+ hours, so be prepared!

Nice trial, great views of water. When you get to the parking lot take the entrance on the left with a small gate and walk down till you see 622 on the right and go to the right.

excellent!

13 days ago

Really well marked trail in Pike National Forest. It’s just over 5mi round trip. We are rookies and it took us about four hours total, but we took our sweet time going in and hoofed it back, it was only about an hour and a half back. Most views within first mile or so, but a great, forested trail the further you go in, particularly in the loop. We saw fresh coyote scat in the middle of the trail in the forested loop but no sighting. We went on a Monday afternoon and saw three or four other parties (one dog, leashed) in the first mile and then had it all to ourselves otherwise. Good, varied trail, it is not difficult but the elevation and endurance make for a solid hike for two Midwesterners who aren’t yet used to the elevation. There is also a seasonal trail called Vayhinger you can get to, closer to the loop. We didn’t take it but it went down into a valley area and had decent elevation changes. Didn’t see it on AllTrails but it’s there!

I hiked yesterday Sept 4th via Barr Trail. This was my 1st 14er. Started at 5am and was on summit buy 11am. Trails are easily marked. Leaves are changing color. It was an awesome hike.i met few other hikers along the way. I didn’t hike back down. People are kind to give you ride back to Manitou. If you choose to.

off road driving
13 days ago

Fun trail, not too difficult. I did about half the trail in a leveled Chevy Silverado on 34" all terrain tires. Didn't finish the trail due to afternoon storms rolling in.

9/9/18. If you're looking for a shortish challenging hike this is great. I have a labrador and had him off leash pretty much the whole time. There aren't any scramblers but there are a couple spots that are close. My girlfriend and I are around 30 years old and had no problem completing it in a half day. I wouldn't recommend using hiking poles unless you don't feel your physically up to a challenging hike. There are plenty of rocks and small trees to balance with, poles would have just gotten in the way. NOW, here's the part that wasn't great, once you get to the dirt road the crystal trail technically ends, it doesn't go all the way to the reservoir. luckily I downloaded the area map via google and used it as a compass and made our own trail until we found pikes peak tollway, once you find that you can find the reservoir. I recommend NOT stopping at the dirt road! keep toughing it to the reservoir, totally worth it!

walking
15 days ago

Wide trail, packed with visitors.

Lovely trail and challenging.

hiking
15 days ago

Fantastic trail that takes you over 1,500 ft where you can look out over 24-West. Once you reach the top, you can descend from the large rocks via the southwest side and follow a trail along a small creek that feeds a waterfall. The trail will take you along some great flowers and scenic mountains to the west. However, make sure you follow the trail out that you came in. I took a trail connected to the Catamount but it turned out to be treacherous, which caused me to walk through part of a waterfall to get to better ground. Stick to the marked trails and you won’t be disappointed.

Great hike. Cool waterfalls and great views from the top.

Some of the trail takes you on more “road” like conditions but overall it was an absolutely beautiful hike with great views of pikes peak and multiple reservoirs.

Fun hike

Did this hike on 9/1/18. Went with on other guy and we completed it in 5:00min started at about 5:45am. We didn’t stop at Barr camp. It’s pretty hard the first 3 miles and then it gets hard again at about the last 2 just from your legs being tired. Views are awesome!

Fairly easy trails to follow. Lots of options to make it a longer hike. We took our two small dogs and they had a great time. Trails weren't crowded, but we did see other people out hiking or trail running. Better earlier in the morning for dogs. Not too many places to refill water so plan accordingly especially if bringing your dog. We did see warning signs for rattlesnakes but didn't see any snakes. There is a nice picnic area and restrooms about halfway along the hike at Pullout 13, Scotsman Picnic Area.

Amazing views. I hiked this trail with my two sisters On Labor Day weekend. There were a lot of hikers out but not to the point it hindered our enjoyment. The trail is not well marked. If we hadn’t read online trail guides before going we would have been hopeless. We still managed to get lost and add an extra 2 miles to our hike. Definitely research before you start. It took us 14 hours to reach the top. My sister isn’t an experienced hiker but she kept going and as long as your willing to keep pushing anyone can make this hike. There wasn’t any impossible inclines it’s all fairly gentle slopes and switchbacks. My sisters hitchhiked off from the summit since the pikes peak shuttle only takes you half the way down. I chose to run down which took me 3 hours.

Barr camp is a nice resting place but unless you enjoy paying $3 for a can of soda don’t plan on buying snacks there.

hiking
19 days ago

Me and my pup's first CO trail after driving up from TX the day before. The trail itself was not difficult, but we definitely felt the elevation! Ended up going past where the trail actually ended up to the top for some great views. The trail is pretty and well maintained, wonderful morning hike.

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