Explore the most popular walking 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.

It says closed, but I went on Saturday and it was open. It’s not really a hike but it was a beautiful spot for pictures. It’s definitely worth seeing.

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.

Your heart rate will skyrocket as soon as you start. It's a sufferfest, but I love it every time. Be sure to plan out when you go. It can get really crowded. Be sure to have enough water too. The views from the top are totally worth the effort. Type 2 fun at its best.

excellent!

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.

hiking
12 days ago

Good little incline near the top. Be careful of the switch backs, I continued straight up off the trail not realizing there was a switch back to the left. The summit is on the smaller side.

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!

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.

Love this hike. Saw my first chipmunk here. Made it up in 45 minutes with one safety meeting on the way up. Two more at the top then ran down barr trail. 1.5 hours total.

Completed this on 9/1/18! Very tough hike. We started at 5:30am and hit the summit at 3pm. We stopped at Barr camp for about 45 mins to rest and refill water. All the other reviews I read are spot on. The first 4 miles seem the steepest, but once you clear the tree line the oxygen is thin and Even walking is hard. It is a steady incline all the way to the top. You know you’ve reached the summit when all the annoying tourists (seemed like most were foreign) are climbing DOWN the mountain to get their photos as you’re struggling the last few hundred feet to the top! No greater feeling than completing that hike though! You feel like you are standing on top of the world!!

It says that it opens in July but they are doing construction on it right now so it’s totally closed. Don’t drive 2 hours for it like we did.

I just climbed today (September 1, 2018). It was my first Fourteener. Previously, I had been on the Barr trail twice, but only as a route down from the top of the Incline. The Barr trail is definitely among one of the nicest kept trails in the Colorado Springs area. It was an amazing trail, even up in the high elevations. However, this hike is not easy, and should not be attempted by those whom are not confident in their abilities. Don’t be discouraged, but know your limits! I was on the trail by about 4:45am (a little later than I planned), reached Barr Camp right at 8 am, and summited PP right at 1 pm, so it took about 8 hours and 15 minutes. The first half of this hike is pretty easy. The first part of the first half (about 3 miles or so) is harder than the second part (about another 3 miles), but together, the first half is much easier than the second. I stopped to rest for about 15 minutes at Barr Camp and ate a snack (I HIGHLY recommend making sure you bring enough food. You will burn a lot of calories on this hike, so making sure you can replenish is important). I checked the weather at the peak (do this, do this, do this), and assessed whether or not it was safe to proceed. I did not need to refill my camelback (with a 3 L bladder), but I did have water treatment tablets just in case. A ways after Barr Camp is when the fatigue *started* to kick in for me. I started to get tired of the incline and switchbacks and I just wanted to make it to A-Frame. Upon reaching A-Frame and the “3 miles to summit” sign I thought I was almost finished. It was around 10 am, so I thought I was making really good time. The last 3 miles took me 3 hours. An hour for each mile. No one was joking when they said they are the hardest part of the hike. The effects from the altitude are extreme at this point continue to get worse. I live in Colorado Springs, and the altitude didn’t effect me at all until the final 2-2.5 miles. The miles felt soooooo long. I took it just one mile at a time, and before I knew it, I was at the Golden Staircase, and then the summit! To say I was tired is a huge understatement, but the feeling of finally reaching the peak is euphoric. Know it’ll be hard, but it is worth it! And, yes. The tourists are annoying. A few other tips are:
-make sure you have good shoes.
-bring lots of water or storage for water. I brought 3 L, and it was enough to get me there, but the last 3 miles would’ve been better with more water. I didn’t refill at Barr Camp, but I drank most of my water after that anyways.
-hiking poles would’ve also made this hike better.
-as everyone else has said, make sure you prepare for the unexpected. I didn’t have a problem with the weather, though snow and thunderstorms were in the forecast, but I know how the weather is in the Pike’s Peak region. It’s hard to predict and can change on a dime, so make sure you are prepared for all seasons and weather scenarios. You would not want to be stuck out there without enough gear in a storm.

Enjoy yourself, take breaks, slow your pace, and don’t forget to look around. It is insanely beautiful!

What an awesome trail. It took us an hour and 50 minutes to get to the top (took plenty of breaks) and then another hour to get down the switchback trail. I would suggest parking at 10 Old Mans Trail and taking the shuttle up to the stairs. You save $10 and the lot at the top that charges $10 was full by 7am when we arrived. Also bring money if you want to purchase some fresh lemonade or something at the shop!

Climbed August 24, 2018 in 7 hours, starting 4am. I did not descend. Family and friends were waiting at the summit! The weather was perfect, low 50’s to start, high 70’s by afternoon, not a cloud in the sky, nice breeze! Trail is wide and easy to follow except as you advance closer to tree line and above. Some places are not the most obvious to discern, requiring a pause, backtrack a few steps, as well as keeping an eye out for other hikers and checking the AllTrails map. First half of the climb to Barr Camp is the easier portion (although nothing about this climb is easy). The overall incline during this first half is tough but manageable. There’s even a couple of miles before you get to Barr camp that is a gentle rolling trail, your heart will rejoice. After Barr camp is where the pain begins ....inclines, switchbacks, scrambling and it doesn’t stop until you reach the top. The last two miles brutal!!!! Another reviewer wrote it was a special kind of suck after Barr Camp and that is every bit the truth! But the feeling of joy and accomplishment once you reach the top and the beauty you see is unbelievable.!!! This was my first 14er, not as conditioned as I’d liked to have been at this time but glad I didn’t talk myself out of it because of this. I was conditioned enough that taking it slow with short breaks got me to the top. Having to take it slower probably allowed me to appreciate the views and the experience more as well as take more pictures than if I was able to climb faster. Go for it!

Intense. Rewarding. Everything I was told it would be and then some. As an avid Coloradan hiker, this hike certainly tested me. But it’s doable for most. Take as many rests as you need and treat step 1800 as a long breakpoint. I made it up in about an hour and down the switchback trail another hour after that. What a hike!

I did this hike yesterday. It's fun to see all ages and fitness levels. When you pause to catch your breath you'll meet people from all over - most were doing this hike for the first time. I made the mistake of only taking about 16 oz of water with me. The only thing keeping me going was pure determination and a nice cool breeze that swept through every five minutes or so.

hiking
29 days ago

The incline was closed when I went so I ended up using the free parking and walking a mile to Spring St (since the shuttle wasn't running) before reaching Intemann trail. It's a short walk to the trailhead for Red Mountain and a mile up from there. The views on the way to the summit were pretty good but once you reach the top it's a gorgeous view and a nice little area to explore. Not including time you might spend at the top you can easily hike this trail in under 1.5 hours. There were only a few other people on the trail when I went on a Sunday morning.

Pretty cool historic site with great views. It is very busy, but probably worth it.

Being an avid hiker from East Tennessee, there was no hope for me. I completed the incline on my first day in Colorado, but my lungs paid dearly for it since I was not used to the elevation. I strongly suggest that you buy the "I completed the incline" sticker at the gift shop before hand and use that as motivation to get to the top. Overall once you make it to the top, the view is worth it as well as the sense of cheating death and accomplishment. Pack water, food, needle cheast decompressor and a good camera to document your humility.

fun trail, you'll get your cardio in!

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.

Me encantó la experiencia,excelente si lo
recomiendo.

hiking
1 month ago

They aren’t kidding-this is an extreme hike. But it was awesome!!

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

hiking
1 month ago

DON"T GO!! this write up is very misleading, neglects to say that it is how everyone comes down from the mega-tourist attraction of climbing up the Incline....On this Saturday mid-morning, it was literally a constant stream of people coming down at me, on a very narrow one person path, so that I was constantly forced to cling against the steeply pitched side of the path....it was like a shopping mall at Christmas ! Although I only went about ¾ mile before turning around, most of the path was slippery gravel and railroad ties - not a pleasant surface on a good hike....There may have ben a good view but it was hidden by the people passing me. Avoid at all costs

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Tough hike!! Had to take a lot of breaks!! The accomplishment of getting to the top feels great but I don’t need to do it again!!

Extremely difficult but definitely worth it!

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

Felt like such an accomplishment getting to the top. I’m probably average as far as endurance fitness goes and this was a grind, especially half way up when it gets steeper. Had to take a breather every 50 steps near the end there, but I’m glad I didn’t bail out early and kept going to the summit. Took the Barr trail back down and it’s pretty mellow with tons of switchbacks. Some sections are very narrow and people like to run down, so keep an ear open for people running up behind you.

I got to the start around 6:15am and ended up paying the $10 parking because I didn’t know any better, but it was nice having my car close. I’m told there is other parking in manitou and a shuttle that runs to the trailhead every 20 mins. Might try that next time to save money. The parking lot was packed by 8am when I got back down, make sure you go early to beat the heat and crowds.

My only complaint is that some of the steps are washed out between, just gotta be careful on some spots. Very tough hike for me, but worth it!

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