Pikes Peak via Barr Trail
12 reviews Pike National Forest #2 hike out of 459 in
4 hrs 51 min
This is a difficult one way trail to Pikes Peak in Pike National Forest.
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This is a HARD ONE! Just the shear miles of up hill wear on you. It has magnificent views and all in all is a doable 14er. There is trail the whole way. The last 2 miles are pretty brutal but just take your time and you will get there. The beginning of the trail is a lot of exposure and the last 3 miles is total exposure. SUNSCREEN IS A MUST!!! If you don’t want to do it all in one day Barr Camp is a fantastic place to overnight. Hosts are exceptional. Pay for the dinner it is a welcome delicious meal to finish off your first day.★ ★ ★ ★ ★
My son and I completed this trail yesterday. Started at 0430 at the trail head in Manitou Springs. This was the hardest trail I’ve done to date especially the last 3 miles but what a great accomplished feeling! In the downside there’s a detour at the summit due to construction on the new visitor center. This is the most BS part of the trip as when you summit you’re literally at the visitor center restricted by a fence. Instead of making a small corridor for the hikers they reroute you down to the highway and you have to walk another .8 of a mile back up to the summit. At that point we were exhausted and feeling a little frustrated toward the lack of consideration for the hikers! There wasn’t any construction activities even going on. Other than that it was an amazing hike and beautiful views at every turn. Thank you Great Spirits!★ ★ ★ ★ ★
RT 8hr 33min Ascent Barr Camp 2hr 18min Ascent Pikes 5hr 10min Descent 3hr 23min Mainly summer conditions. Few patches of unavoidable boot packed snow and ice above treeline. Construction going on at top, had to scramble off trail for last 100ft or so. Very cool clouds today!
Pikes Peak, Manitou Springs, CO
From Manitou Springs trail head