Barr Trail to Barr Camp

MODERATE 21 reviews

Barr Trail to Barr Camp is a 12.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Manitou Springs, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
12.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3395 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

backpacking

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

views

wildlife

rocky

hiking
3 months ago

Did this hike last week. Absolutely perfect. There's actually a creek that runs next to the trail for a lot of the hike. Barr Camp was awesome. Had lunch at one of the picnic tables there.

4 months ago

Best part was spending the night at Barr camp. Lots of traffic on the trail. The half marathon was coming up in two weeks so...

trail running
4 months ago

The issues mentioned here about parking are real, as are the crowds you'll see in the first 2 miles or so. You'll pay to park on the street anywhere in Manitou Spgs, or you'll pay $20/day to park at the trailhead. There is free parking at Memorial Park in town and a free shuttle that'll take you to the trail head (more info at https://manitousprings.org/manitou-springs-free-shuttle-service/). If you choose to walk from the free parking area, it'll add about a mile in each direction.

The trail itself is a series of switchbacks for the first 3 miles or so then it straightens out and is quite nice. It passes thru a couple of different micro climates as it wanders to and from a stream. Barr camp is a nice resting point if you're on the way to the peak or on an out and back. You can also stay the night here in your own tent, a lean-to, or a cabin. Coming back down the trail offers some great views east toward Colorado Springs and the plains beyond.

Is it crowded? Sure is, for the first 1/3. So, choose a weekday and go early in the morning around sunup and you'll get the best part of the day there.

backpacking
5 months ago

You can park for free downtown near the town hall and ride the shuttle up to the railroad. It is just a little bit more to the trail head. The Barr camp itself is also free for dispersed camping if you don't want to pay something like 12 dollars a person just for pancakes in the morning.

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6 months ago

This sucks! You have to reserve parking! It's $20 A DAY!!
And it's at the start of the incline so it's crazy chaos there! I had to leave to go somewhere else!

8 months ago

Challenging first couple miles. Lots of snow still from 3 miles on. Beautiful day!

8 months ago

This is a pretty nice trail once you get passed the Incline. The first two miles are pretty steep and way over crowded. Constantly being hassled by the runners from the Incline make the first two miles a little frustrating. Around mile 3 it is much quieter and more enjoyable. Barr camp itself is kinda neat. They do have some snacks and drinks if you bring cash with you.

hiking
10 months ago

Have hiked Pikes Peak via Barr trail twice. Moderate difficulty. Overnighting at Barr Camp has been great whether sleeping indoors or out. Love this one!

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