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Ok, so this hike is brutal only because it is so long. I did it all, so 26 miles, starting no at 6am. It took me 6 hours to climb to the summit, and I’m not an amazing athlete though I’m athletic. It then also took me 5 hours to get down the mountain. The hike is easy when it comes to actually climbing and the terrain, but the altitude makes it hard. The trails are well marked and clear. This is my second 14er and I found it to be easier than the other one that I did, Elbert. Of you are thinking about doing it, do a steady pace and take as few of breaks as possible. When hiking at high altitude, take super short and frequent 30 second breaks opposed to less infrequent 10 minute breaks. You’ll get up the mountain way faster. Overall it’s great, but the tourists at the top are really annoying so there’s that.

Walked this on the way down from the Incline. A bit steep in spots with beautiful scenery.

I like to do the Peak at least once a year. It’s a nice challenge and worth it. The ascent took me 6 hours but I have done it in 4 1/2. Not my best time, obviously. I believe the average time for ascent is 8 hours. I did the ascent and descent for a total time of 11 hours. The last couple of miles are the hardest and my brain always says, “why am I doing this”! But, you just push through it and are happy to get to the top.

Make sure to dress in layers. The weather can change quickly. I like to take a camelback and I don’t bring much food. I’m just not real hungry.

The change in the terrain is always interesting It’s beautiful country. Thankful to have it as my backyard.

Total miles my app recorded was 23.85 miles.

Beautiful hike ... LONG hike, but beautiful. Totally worth it!

Definitely worth the hike. Just be proactive about drinking water. I carried some high-energy snacks and drank about every 1/2 mile. The end of the hike was kind of chaotic because the trail isn't super visible, but the feeling of accomplishment was 10000% worth it.

on Red Mountain

hiking
20 days ago

4.5: Red Mountain Trail itself is nice, but getting the right trailhead from Ruxton to get on Intemann and to that one is confusing and a bit frustrating.

Beautiful but difficult trail. This is my first 14er& I’m a 25year old Colorado Springs native. The altitude didn’t bother me, it was the intense incline that made me wish I’d spent more time in the gym doing leg presses and on the stair master.
I overall drank and carried 4L& didn’t need a water filter. You can refill at Barr Camp, but I’d say the majority of my water I used after sunrise& after Barr Camp.
We started at 4am& summitted by noon, with longer rest stops at Barr camp, and the A frame.
We decided to have a ride pick us up and we were so glad we did! As soon as we left the summit a heavy rain storm rolled in.

The whole trail from the beginning is nothing but steep ascension and had my quads throbbing (except for about 2 miles before Barr Camp). The last 3 miles above tree line are the most grueling and took me way longer than my average MPH for the trail. I used hiking poles and they were a saving grace especially at the end! Getting a donut and having a summit beer at the top though definitely made it all worth it!!

Overall was super happy I did it, but will definitely return next summer with a little more training under my belt to make it easier on my body and hiking partner.

Very fun trail. Just hiked to the top and took 6 hours. This is coming from Utah. Left at 4 am in the morning and beat the rainstorms

Brutal incline during last two miles. Really, I thought the whole hike was a battle. There are about two miles of cruising terrain before you get to Barr Camp. But I thought it was a slog every mile thereafter until you hit tree line. After tree line it was a pretty special kind of suck. Beautiful, but leg smashing.

Of course, there were lunatics training for the PPAscent the whole way up. Nothing seemed to bother those guys/gals. Cheers to them. Amazing athletes.

Marmots at the top will give you a spooky chirp above tree line. Get to Barr Trail early if you like a little space between you and other recreationists. Really, a pretty special climb. Views are limited sometimes due to frequent fires in the state. But for me, the views are secondary to the reward of the toil.

Best.

Above all, don't be intimidated! I'm about 50 and hiked this trail in 6.5 hours. It took just under 3 hours to get to the Barr Cabin. We rested 15 minutes and then left for the summit. It was a thoroughly wonderful hike -- not too difficult but certainly not easy. Go for it!

We summitted Red Mountain, and the views were fantastic! There are also ruins at the summit, with history. You can check the information out on the Internet. We got off trail near the summit, so when you come to a natural retaining wall made of two fallen tree trunks on the ground supported by two live trees, keep going and watch for a huge boulder. Do not go right, go left!

hiking
1 month ago

Aside from the subjective stars:

First of all, the trail is 13 miles each way.
Furthermore, this weekend there was a medium black bear at Barr Camp regularly for 4-5 days. It’s been successful in getting food- from lazy hikers. There are bear bins provided at the camp and plenty of trees to hang in but I still took a hiker’s pack from the bear. Please secure your items in proper containers or use a method to prevent your pack and all of its contents from becoming part of the scenery.
Now that this bear has gotten comfortable and a little aggressive, the likely outcome will be him being put down.
Ok. -The trail- it is beautiful. It is hard. It is long and you will likely see a variety of weather in one day. Hell, in 1 hour!
If you plan to summit in one day, start by 5am and be prepared for anything.
I’ve seen snow here in July.

If you carry a water filter, no more than 2 liters at any time is needed.

Camel up at Barr Camp’s very reliable pvc piped spring. 16 July 2018 the flow was 2.5-3 L per minute.
If you’re worried about weight.-There’s another crossing of the same spring .5 mile above the camp, but it’s not as easy to access as the camp spring pipe. Still easy enough though.

I’ve read that you want to be above the tree line no later than 9am. I found that to be accurate and judging by the view I have from home, the summer afternoon thunderstorm threat is very real and very electric.

The A Frame shelter is before ascending out of the tree line. It’s a bit hidden in plain sight. Keep an eye out for the signage.

25-30 people summited the day I did- on a Monday. All were athletic. Army Rangers, Olympic gold medalists, moms, college students and a couple of men in their 70s-80s. But also, 3 kids under 15 years old.
The Pikes Peak summit, via Barr Trail, was my first 14er. I met some great folks on this trip, broke in my sea legs and humbled myself greatly. This is a challenging hike.
IMO 2 of the miles sucked pretty bad. Mile 4 & 10. But they all were beautiful and doable.

I’ve heard many people say they would never do it again, and I can piggyback on that but any good hiking partner could talk me into it in a day or two.

If you’re not familiar with this difficulty level at this altitude, I strongly advise you consider carrying a few more snacks and a little more water than you think you need.
It would be advised to also only consider doing the incline on the way up, if you’re in very good shape.
If you have any doubt in your strength, turn around NLT Barr Camp. It is the halfway point and the trail only gets more challenging during the final 5 miles.

You will need a sun barrier for the final three miles, that have zero shade.

The summit is oddly not a very Hiker friendly environment.
Plan a ride down in advance. From the summit you can take the free shuttle to GlenCove parking lot. I planned to hike back down and was too exhausted to even think about it.
I ended up stranded with half a dozen hikers for 2 hours bc the shuttles don’t carry you more than 1/3 the way down the mountain and there’s poor to zero cell phone service.

Shuttle Van#13 goes to GlenCove.

You cannot hike down pikes peak highway to descend.

It is $15 entry fee into the park.

The shuttle is free.
Some shuttle drivers are assholes.

There is WIFI at GlenCove Gift stop and ranger booth.

I saw about 10 mountain bikes traveling downhill during this hike.

Train for this hike. For your below average hiker, it is a beast. It is not a "walk in the park". It is long and steep. For the hiker, the hike was difficult but satisfying. The boulder field was a great challenge. Know the weather because it change on a dime. We got caught in a hail storm. Shuttle service stops during storms. In our case, we had to hitch a ride down with a Ranger. She was cool and very helpful. The whole experience was amazing and I will do it again in a year or two. However, this time I will train harder.

Great challenge!! I would advise being in pretty great shape before attempting this, I clocked over 24 miles from where I started in the parking lot. 24 miles is a long ways to go on your feet not to mention the 7,200 or so ft of elevation gain. I did the whole thing up and back with my 1 year old dog and it was exhausting but great! Started at 4:30am. Watch the weather and start early. Wear good shoes! Kinda sucks seeing all of the tourists at the top after you did so much work to get there haha but it is what it is. Cut the trip in half if you can catch a ride down from the top which is what most people do. Brownie points for making the whole trek on foot like I did ;)

hiking
1 month ago

BEFORE YOU TRY IT- go to 14ers.com and read “Cameron Cone- Harder than it looks”
For the love of all that is holy do NOT try to connect via Barr trail if you value your safety!! Read user Dane Steil’s review below and follow his recording. This trail should really be updated to follow that path instead. Also just a warning because as mentioned in previous reviews, there are a TON of social trails to get lost on. Please be careful I would definitely only recommend this for experienced hikers who have done everything else in the area or bagged a couple 14ers. Attempted this twice- once via Barr trail and turned back. The second time I reached a point where I needed to climb and didn’t feel comfortable taking my dogs. Extremely steep, awesome challenge. I’ll be back for this one!

We started Manitou Incline at 8:20 PM. Reached Barr Camp at 1 AM. Your map really kept us in the Barr Trail during hiking at night. Thank you!

I have no cell service at Pikes Peak now. But I can see where I am in the map since I downloaded the map

hiking
1 month ago

After living in Colorado Springs for 2 1/2 years and hiking our butts off, this is the first trail we’ve had to turn back on. There is no clear trail past the cog train tracks. We scrambled up the side of the cliff where the AllTrails app guided us and found ourselves on barely a single track. We continued for maybe 1/4 mile after that and turned back. 4 experienced Colorado hikers with 6 experienced Colorado hiking pups- next time we’ll attempt without the dogs. An upside is the little waterfall you come to before the cog tracks. The pups loved it and it was a great place to rest!

hiking
2 months ago

Summited pikes peak for the first time on Saturday, June 16. I came from sea level 3 days before the hike and hiked it with 2 people from Co.

The trail is very well marked and easy to follow. The views are spectacular. Barr high camp is really great and the bathrooms are very clean. Overall this was an amazing first 14er.

Below is a detail of my experience, what I brought with me and how it went.

We started at 6 am and actually did the incline first and picked up the Barr trail at the top of the incline. The incline was very challenging, by we made it up to the top by 7:10 and picked up the Barr trail around mile 3.

Miles 3-6 were a comfortable increase incline. Nothing too strenuous and a welcome break after the incline. At mile 6 we reached the Barr High Camp. It was a very nice place to stop. We made it there by 9:15. The elevation there was around 10,000 and for me coming from sea level, to this point I was feeling fine.

We left Barr Camp around 9:45. The next three miles were slightly steeper than miles 3-6 but not too strenuous. My pace was slower than miles 3-6 as I wanted to control my breathing and not gas out before the last three miles.

We stopped at 12,000 feet for a short break as after that, you are above the tree line. At that point there is also a shelter if needed. We got there around 11:25. Then we started off for the last three miles. These were definitely the hardest. Everyone told us the last two were the hardest but for me, the third to last was the worst. Possibly because I was expecting the last 2 to be horrific. It took us 45 minutes to get to the 2 mile mark. At that point it got cold and started raining so we put on our rain jackets. We went slow and steady the rest of the way. The last mile, for me, was the easiest out of the last three. But I knew we were almost there. I very much paced myself steadied my breathing and we made it up by 2pm

There were plenty of people on the trail. Not crowded but you definitely see people. I agree that it is good to start early as you never know what the weather will be like.

We met a very nice girl on the trail who met her fiancé up top and they gave us a ride down. So getting a ride down is doable.

I never felt short of breath and never felt dizzy. But I also took it slow. I am not an extreme cardio person but I do train and I did my best to train for this, albeit at sea level.

I drank about a gallon and a half of water the two days before the hike and I think that helped. I only drank 2 liters while I’m the trail. Although I brought 3.5 with me.

It is cold up top. I would not do this without a rain coat, warm fleece and a clean shirt to change into.

Saw Mt Lion on the trail last year below Sheep Mt!

My wife and I hiked up and had a shuttle down on 6/12. We are from Texas and are in average shape. There was really no way to prepare for the altitude but we did a lot of hiking and running around our local area to prepare. We also hiked horse thief, the incline and St Mary's days before this hike to get us acclimated the best we could in a 1 week period.
These are the things I think are essential to make this hike possible:
Good hiking shoes
Proper hiking clothes and dressed in light layers. At 4 am it was cold and when you get up in elevation the temperature dropped.
Trekking poles
A head lamp if you are going to start the hike in the dark
3 litter reservoir bag
Two 1 litter bottles
Water filtering system
Food for snacking and a good meal during the stop at Barr camp. In hind sight I would have had a more substantial meal at the 9 mile point.

Hydrate days before and limit consumption of alcohol and coffee.

We began our hike at 4 am, the first 3 miles a gradual incline that is pretty moderate. At around 2.5 miles it increases in grade till about 3.5 miles. The following 2 miles is pretty much a level hike with a few upwards parts but is really a great chance to enjoy the surroundings. At the 5.5 marker it's all upwards and the challenge is just beginning. We reached Barr camp around 8 and had food and filled up our reservoir bags with the four 1 litter bottles and filtered water into our 1 litter bottles to fill up later. Our reservoir bags were nearly empty, so be sure to buy a filter and bring extra water bottles. We left the camp around 845 and continued upwards. It's all up hill and gets more challenging with less markers compared to the first leg of the hike. Lots of switchbacks after mile 7. We made it to the A frame between 10 or 1030 and I felt we were doing great and would finish the hike by noon. Boy was I wrong. We stopped to rest and filled our bags with the extra bottles. As we moved on for what felt like forever, we reached a marker that said we were 2 miles from the summit. I almost lost hope on finishing, but we kept moving one foot in front of the other. By this time the altitude is starting to hit. The trail becomes more rocky and my mind is starting to give up. We reached the 1 mile from summit marker and we are taking breaks more frequently. The last mile might as well been 100, but we kept pushing upwards. Then the 16 golden stairs. Thank God for my trekking poles. I told my wife I'm marrying those next. As we kept pushing upwards we started seeing the summit and all the people and that gave us some motivation to get those last few steps in. Finally we reached our goal and completed the trip up at 2 PM.

I came prepared for a new challenge and the Barr Trail delivered and then some.
I hiked the Barr Trail on 6/4/18. Got started later than planned but was on the trail by 7am.
Met some other first-timers from Kansas early in the hike and we continued on as a group.
The temp. was in the upper 80's in Manitou and continued to be a burden until we got to higher elevation near Case camp.
My 3 liter camel pack of water was quite low by the time we reached the half way point at Base Camp.
With a handy water filtration system I packed I was able to refill my camel pack from the mountain stream.
Highly recommend to pack one by one he way.
We continued on taking breaks more frequently in the higher elevations.
The last 3 miles or so of the trail above the treeline was the most difficult and my legs were killing me by this point. Lots of switchbacks over a large boulder field that seemed endless.
A dark and menacing looking raincloud shadowed the mountain on our last two miles to the summit. Suddenly the wind picked up some strong gust and to our surprise it began snowing!
The snow shower was brief and we were happy to see the raincloud move on. I reached the summit right about 5 o'clock and without much difficulty my group managed to find some friendly tourist to give us a ride back down the mountain.
A memorable experience and I will most likely do it again, just next time I want to prepared to make the hike back down

I live in the Springs, and my father came up from 1,200ft (been training heavily for months) and did this hike with me on June 3rd. Started at 4:00am and with several breaks including 45 min at Barr camp, we summited by 11:30. Such an incredible hike with so much beauty, elevation gain, history, wildlife.. etc.
After an hour at the top they closed the mountain road due to severe winds, we started our way down as originally planned and it was super windy. 60+mph winds. Made for a great experience. Got back to the car in just under 6 hours for a grand total of 14 hours up and down the mountain. Granted, we both are in very good shape and were prepared for this trip, but altitude definitely effects everybody. The last 3 miles for sure is the toughest. Just slow down some, deep long breaths, and plenty of water!!! (Which you should have started 24 hours prior to the trip, ideally) this was both of our first times hiking Pikes Peak. I definitely will be back again soon! Wonderful challenge!

hiking
2 months ago

My husband and I hiked the trail on June 2nd. The weather was perfect all the way up. This was the first time for both of us. We have lived in CO Springs for a few months now, and prior to this, we had done the Incline 3 times. We are in pretty good shape. We started at 5 am, took a 15 min break at mile 3, and made it to Barr Camp in about 2 hours where we took a 30 min break. The first 6.5 miles were not bad. Once we passed the tree line, which is pretty much the last 3 miles before the summit, we started to feel the altitude. At that point, we just slowed down our pace and took frequent, shorter breaks. In the last 3 miles, you are just zigzagging through the mountain. The last mile is definitely the longest, mostly because you just want to get there. It took us 7 hours total including breaks to make it to the top. The views are unforgettable, and we got some really great pictures.
Overall, it was an amazing, challenging experience, and very rewarding once you make it to the summit, look down, and realize that you just hiked that mountain. We spent some time at the summit house, tried their famous donuts, which were not that good, unfortunately. We found two awesome strangers who drove us back to our car.

My wife and I hiked this on Friday, June 1st 2018. It was a nice hike with beautiful views. My stomach was messing with me the night before and the morning of so I failed eat very much. The last mile I hit the WALL. Lack of food got to me and we did the last mile in 10th of a mile increments then I’d rest 5 minutes. After a donut and a Gatorade I was good to go and ready to hitchhike down. A lady over heard me ask a guy for a ride and she said “I’ll make you a deal...I’ll give you a ride down... if you drive.” Turned out she was terrified of heights and didn’t know what she was getting into on the way up. Any way... I drove us right back to our car. That last mile was scary but I learned a lesson. EAT!!!

Take care folks.

James

Solo hiked it May 30, 2018. Hard but very rewarding. It was very dumb of me, but May 30th was my last day visiting Col. Springs, and I was still recovering from food poisoning -- had barely eaten in previous 2 days. Found out about the hike at 8am. Packed, and made it to the Barr Trail head at 11am. Wasn't sure exactly what my options were for getting down, assuming I made it to the peak -- I received conflicting info. It seems at this time of year, 7pm is when the last batch of rangers depart, and the road is closed, so you better make it up there by then.

Anyway, made it to Barr Camp (6.5 miles) in 2 hours 40 mins. Exhausted. Rested for 1 hr 20 min. Hiked the rest (6 miles) in 3 hours 20 min. It was scary at times: it snowed for about 30 minutes, temps were around 45F. And I seriously doubted I could make it to the peak in time. I was worried and imagining having to call for transport down at 7:30pm or so.

The last 3 miles are the toughest. Some sections aren't greatly marked, but it's still pretty easy to always tell where the trail is. The 1st 2 miles are the next-most difficult (84F temps and steep).

I was fairly delirious most of the hike, but luckily made it to the peak at 6:30pm with 30 minutes to spare. I didn't mess around, and I immediately asked the 1st visitor I saw if I could hitch a ride down. It was a 40 minute drive down the paved road.

We’re a group of three hikers from Ohio. This was our first Colorado 14er. Not being acclimated, the hike was moderately difficult, but even people from the flat lands who are in good shape can handle this hike. We hiked up the Barr trail and hitched a ride back down.

backpacking
2 months ago

Awesome hike, the Barr Trail is well maintained. The Barr Camp is an excellent place to stay the night and relax. Just remember to bring plenty of warm dry clothes.

This trail is closed

Loose rock

New plant growth at risk for damage from hikers

Sharp pieces of metal. Not safe for dogs or clueless hikers

High risk for danger and low chance of rescue + heavy prosecution

Do not disturb the neighborhood attempting to go here

Allow this beautiful place to heal and respect the rules. They are there for a reason. Don’t be that guy who gets hurt and further shuts this place down even more.

hiking
3 months ago

Awesome trail. Very steep and rough/hard to follow in a couple places. The views of Pikes Peak and the surrounding Peaks is amazing pretty much the whole way up. We did this one after work, but would recommend a weekend hike for the sake of time and to be able to relax a bit on the trail.

I would recommend not using Barr Trail to access this trail because connecting to the main trail from Barr can get difficult. We paid to park at the Incline and walked up Ruxton ave until it turned into a dirt road; we walked though two gates at the end and about a quarter mile up there is an opening to the left with a tree that branches across the river. After crossing the river you’ll go up to the COG tracks and directly across them is the well built trail. Follow our recording if needed

Did this trail on 05-05-18. Great weather but the last three miles were heavily snow covered making it hard to see the trail. We were exhausted at the end and hitched a ride back down.

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