Pikes Peak via Barr Trail is a 24 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Manitou Springs, Colorado that features a waterfall and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length24.0 miElevation gain7,401 ftRoute typeOut & back
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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. $10/day parking fee.

The lot fills up early and I believe it is $1.00 per hour.

Recommendations: 1) Do not attempt unless you are an experienced hiker. 2) Get to the parking lot at the trailhead early to get a spot. It fills up fast. Use the Parkmobile app to pay for parking once you get there. 3) Bring LOTS of water & drink often. Highly recommend a water filter. You will need at least 1-2 liters per mile. 4) Bring hiking poles. 5) Recommend purchasing a round trip railway ticket in advance (they now charge you full price to go down - unless you wait until the last train, which leaves at 7:20pm). If you purchase a ticket in advance, you are at least guaranteed a seat down. If the trains are already full, you can't ride. Another option is to hitchhike - which it seemed many tourists were happy to help (though one cannot bank on this option). 6) Have enough protein and carbs to sustain you. 7) Wear a lot of sunscreen.

From Colorado Springs take 24 east into Manitou Springs, make a left at the circle onto Ruxton Ave and take it to the end where you turn right up a steep street to the trail parking lot. Get there early before the spots fill up, and have a credit card to pay for parking.

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Ron Ahlbrecht
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A great feeling of completion, certainly a great experience including the preparation that is a necessary part of any strenuous venture. But also very grateful for the decades of work that has gone into making it by far the “easiest” 14er.

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Jesse Dennis
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Aaron Thoman
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Haven’t done it recently but sooo worth it

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Chris Davis
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Went in August. Very glad I did. All great except for the construction at the top. Barr camp was booked and limited capacity because of COVID so we stayed at A Frame Structure. So glad we did. View from there was amazing waking up.

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Adam Diehl
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Aaron Evans
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Tyson Schaeffer
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Eric Schmidlin
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eber-andres espinal
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bryan florence
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Chris Randall
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Owen Rooney
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Shilo Garner
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Excellent hike with well marked trails!

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Richie Cozzolino
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Adam Diehl
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Kristanne Clubb
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Heads up - 10/09/2020 the Barr Trail and Incline to Pikes Peak are closed due to a fire call before you go

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Chris Vig
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Amazing hike until the last 50 feet. Turn around once you see the construction fences, you’re not missing anything worth seeing at the summit. As of mid-October it’s an active construction zone which rings the entire summit and blocks all the views, and you need to detour a half-mile down the mountain just to *get* there in the first place. As for the trail, it’s just a long, consistent uphill with no breaks. There are no flat spots, just up up up. The last thousand feet or so before the summit are challenging due to the altitude and some very steep switchbacks. The views are amazing though.

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Jane O'Brien
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I would call all walking on sand hard

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Karen Morris
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Hiked it yesterday. Started at 5am, summited at 2:45. Great hike with beautiful views. Nice variety of terrain to keep it fun. Barr camp was a great stop with very friendly, knowledgeable hosts. We did lose the trail a few times. Once where it crosses the Incline the first time, the trail veers to the left before the Incline. The last mile across the boulder field was difficult. We did struggle with some altitude symptoms at that time, not helping with the situation. Bring warm clothes for the top. Great hike!

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Vismay B
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Great but long hike if not done this much length before. 7000 feet gain is no joke but not impossible either. Reached top in under 7 hours. Detour of 1 mile at top was brutal due to 60 mph wind! Took about 13 hours to complete and 25 miles per garmin watch.

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Adam Diehl
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Brad Dubis
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Amazing hike! Summited in 5 hrs, but it was really windy ( 30mph winds) so I hitched a ride back to the Barr trailhead as I was unprepared with layers. My GPS was off for All Trails. Really about 12.5 miles with the detour at the end.

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Luke Parker
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It was a blast. It was a little smokey at the bottom but cleared up... The detour is kinda confusing but we were able to figure it out

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Jack Keais
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Great hike! Very long so be prepared for sore legs. The detour and construction at the top is a bummer but still a beautiful trail.

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David Sigurdson
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Katrin Ref
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09/12/2020: Started at 6am and arrived at the restaurant (under construction) at 11:40 am (5:40h). Other hikers told us later that there is a detour of about a mile around the construction site to get to the summit. Unfortunately, we didn't do that since we weren't aware. The workers on side told us we can't pass. The way down took us 4:45h. It's a fairly easy hike for experience hikers it is just very long. The last mile was pretty hard but mainly due to the altitude not due to the difficulty of the trail. Overall a nice hike. Parking is a bit hidden. You have to pass all the employee parking (for the company close to the trailhead) and turn right at the end of the street (up on Hydro St). There is a parking lot at the end, $10 day. We went on a Saturday and it fills up quickly. Snow was pretty much gone. Just some snow left close to the summit.

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Gary Kerley
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Arrived the day before the big hike. This was my first 14er. It was a lot harder than I anticipated. Close to the top my face began swelling, I’m guessing from the altitude. I didn’t think the trial was well marked. I must of zigged when I should have zagged because I ended up having to climb up a dirt wall in the construction zone.

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Josh Fonza
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Very well maintained trail and super easy to follow, and all around a great hike. However, this trail is basically a marathon but twice as hard because not only do you have 24ish miles, you also have over 7000 feet to gain in elevation in 12 miles. It is a very grueling hike so be prepared. If you feel tired at mile 8 just remember you have to double it and that can really suck as you get close to the summit. Bring lots of water I had 3 liters and I ran out 2 miles from the summit. All around awesome trail with great terrain changes but do not underestimate it.

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Lance Hamilton
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My son and I did over night. Camped at tree line. With rail way down we used Rocky Mountain Shuttle to get back down. Dropped us off at Barr Trail Head. Fantastic experience, but construction and people at top quickly brought us back to reality of civilization.

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Camry Kelly
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Pikes is different than other fourteeners because it's long and gradual. Except for the last 1-2 miles, it's a tolerable difficulty. My only complaint is the construction at the top is atrocious. Additionally, when you get to the center at the top, it is so crowded it's almost not worth waiting in line for anything- especially because you will be tired and just want to take off your boots. Getting down was a challenge, we took a shuttle to a lot and then had to hitchhike the rest of the way. It's acceptable to hitch hike, we sat in the bed of a pickup and no rangers said anything but it would be nice to have a better system to get back to the trailhead while the cog railway is down.

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