Planned on leaving early from Manitou Springs with the hopes of hiking to the top of Pikes Peak and return. Arrived at the Barr Trail parking lot (very small) at about 4:15 AM and there were only 2 or 3 spots open. There is a kiosk at the trail head to pay for parking ($5).
If you plan on doing the hike, be sure to not get off the trail by accident in the dark. There was one section where I wandered to the incline instead of making a sharp left and staying on the trail. Zoom in on the map and you can see a section that crosses a dashed line (its labeled "incline"). If you cross it, turn around to stay on the Barr trail.
At mile 6, I had a terrible pop in my calf and had to turn around and head back. This is an easy trail but if you plan to summit Pikes peak its a pretty grueling distance (11 miles). Hopefully I can try again in a few weeks or may wait until next spring.