Explore the most popular hiking trails near Manitou Springs with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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!

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21 hours ago

This was very challenging with a beautiful view! Make sure to bring a source of water, preferably 1 liter or larger! My first time going up took about an 1hr& a half! I’m moderately in shape!! Can be dangerous going down if not paying close attention. Some steps need to be refurbished! Awesome scenery and definitely felt all
Muscles in my legs burn!!

This is a very challenging hike. I could not go all the way up to the top. Pack water and sunscreen because you are in the sun for so much of the hike. Might be better in the fall. I’d rather come back when its colder outside.

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!

Slow and steady, as the incline is a workout climb! My husband and I got there around 6:30a for easier parking ($), fewer people, and cooler temps. It took us an about an hour to get to the top with brief stops to admire the view behind us. There is an "exit" (Barr trail) about 2/3 up, but keep climbing! Awesome challenge; so exhilarating! I felt accomplished as I reached the top!! The Barr trail down was pretty easy -- going downhill -- many people were running it.

hiking
2 days ago

Omg! Never again! Nope! Nope! Nope! It took us almost 3 hours to get to the top! Then we took the trail back down and got turned around! It was challenging and it showed us how out of shape we really were. Lol Nope! If you do decide to take the challenge...please please bring plenty of water!

hiking
2 days ago

Omg! Never again! Nope! Nope! Nope! It took us almost 3 hours to get to the top! Then we took the trail back down and got turned around! It was challenging and it showed us how out of shape we really were. Lol Nope!

Great spot and hard workout. Everyone was friendly and courteous!

My last day of vacation, and just had to try it out. I was lucky enough to share the experience with my 13 y/o and my 10 y/o. We had a blast meeting so many positive souls especially during such a challenging climb

I don't understand the point of doing this "trail", except for the excuse "because it's there". It's more of a hot, physical grind with too many people and not so great of a view. A bunch of stairs isn't all that fun. With so many countless amazing hikes in the vicinity through some really beautiful nature, I wouldn't recommend you waste your time here if you're in the area on vacation with limited time. Go find something nicer and more enjoyable. The natural trail back down is much better and is the only redeeming quality.

The incline trail was very challenging for 2 flatlanders in their 60s but we made it up in 1 hr 20 min. Going up the view wasn’t very good since all we looked at was our feet. Just kidding... we took frequent breaks and the view of CO springs was fantastic. My only regret was not wearing my heart rate monitor. The Barre trail down should be rated moderate by comparison.

hiking
4 days 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.

loved it absolutely worth it very intense

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.

it was definitely challenging! I'm somewhat athletic and I had a difficult time doing it. by the time I got to the top my legs were so tired! stairs get steeper as you go and they get wider and higher in spots. go early in the morning. we went around 1130am and it started raining, thundering, and lightening around 1215pm while still on the incline. took me about an hour to do it. the trail is way longer to take back, wish we just took the stairs down. definitely worth it, views are amazing, and it's a pretty cool experience overall

I’m from Northern CA, elevation 700, and had 3 days to adjust to the higher elevation. My husband and I started at 5:55am, it took 85 minutes up. I took my time due to the elevation... and my slight fear of heights. We jogged the trail down, which took 60 minutes. It was a challenge but totally worth it. Start early, lots of water, and enjoy the beauty this adventure has to offer. Anyone in good health can accomplish this trail, pace yourself, everyone was super friendly on the trail. One of the best adventures!

It became very difficult by the time I got to the last few hundred steps, but it was so worth it! I’m glad I did it! Take lots of water. I drank all 2 liters out of my hydration pack just before the summit. Saw lots of cute chipmunks on my way up!

hiking
9 days ago

Amazing workout! This one is TOUGH! But felt like a great accomplishment when you hit the top. Be sure to bring water. Did this one with my kids 13 and 16. We all loved it.

hiking
9 days ago

I love how challenging the incline is! I did it back in November when I was in town and it was even better this time (mainly because I wasn't fooled by the false summit!!). I coincidentally started after the thunderstorms went through which was nice since it cooled it off and cut down on the dust. Shout out to the guy behind me who kept me going at a pretty challenging pace! Enjoy the challenge, it's 110% worth it!!

hiking
10 days ago

What a workout! Take it slow and steady. Start very early, or you'll get baked by the sun. I started at about 520am and the sun was already eating at my back halfway up. Take as many breaks as you need to catch your breath. Felt the pulse from my neck around step 1700 or so. Towards the top my goal was to take 20 to 25 steps between breaks. Made it to the summit in a decent 1h 16m then took Barr Trail down. Lots of runners (both directions) and a few mountain bikes to contend with, making it a little dusty. Not very well marked so keep this app handy, however most side trails lead back to the main. Barr Trail has tons of small rocks. If you so much as drag a toe, you'll have rocks in your socks and shoes. I plan on doing this trail more, so gaiters are a good idea. You get humbled real quick when some people blow by you up the incline!

Amazing trail. Very challenging, but well worth it.

hiking
11 days ago

Hard hike and great workout. Literally straight up. Sometimes I had to get on all fours to keep climbing. Beware the false summit! The view at the top is awesome and you feel like a badass after completing. Definitely take the shuttle and don’t try to walk back down the steps. So hard on your knees! Just take the trail down, it’s more fun!

A great workout, and definitely worth the challenge to get to the top. I would suggest starting earlier in the day to avoid the heat. There is always a steady crowd of people, regardless of the time of day, and most are supportive and encouraging.
I would strongly suggest taking the free shuttle from the park, as parking is not free, and can be challenging.
Great bucket list item to check off.

hiking
13 days ago

first time doing this trail and it's hard but awesome

Most definitely the hardest trail I have done. just make sure you brings lots of water and have some protein snacks to keep you going. If you have trouble, there is a dipout trail at the halfway point. Don't be discouraged by the false summit, once you hit that, you're nearly there!! You don't have to be in incredible shape to do this, though it's recommended. But there were a ton of people in better shape than I quitting.
Once you get to the top, you feel so relieved, and the view is absolutely gorgeous, and don't worry, you don't have to go down the way you came up. There is a trail that takes you back down, though it's about 45-90 minutes to get down.

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.

hiking
16 days 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!

it's hard. bring plenty of water. take lots of breaks. don't look up,don't look down, just take it one step at a time.

hiking
17 days ago

I love the incline! Best therapy for whatever life throws at you! One step at a time. Pace yourself. Water!!! I attempt this once a week or so and at one point I was doing it 1-2 times a week. That view at the top is absolutely breathe taking.

hiking
19 days ago

I haven’t been in the best shape lately but still decided to hike this trail and needless to say it was a struggle but I managed to get to the top in 78 minutes. I had a lot of fun and felt that everyone I came across was very friendly and motivating. The trail was such a positive environment and seemed to be taken care of very well.

I would recommend starting very early because it gets hot quick. Take lots of water and don’t discouraged when you hit the false summit and see there is more! You got this.

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