Barr Trail #620


Manitou Springs to the Summit of Pikes Peak


-Detour at the Summit of Pikes Peak through July 31st-

The alternate route will take hikers from the end of Barr Trail, down the Cog Railway track bed to the 19-mile point where hikers will access the Pikes Peak Highway and then hike up the shoulder of the road to the summit. Detour signs will be posted at the base of Barr Trail, at Barr Camp, which is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, and at the detour point.

-News Release-


Barr Trail, named after its builder, Fred Barr was constructed from 1914 to 1921. The trail passes through three ecological life zones: Montane, Spruce-fir, and Alpine. Wildlife species common to those zones are frequently observed. Pikes Peak has been a landmark since before recorded history. It was named for Zebulon Pike who described the Peak in 1806 while exploring in the area to the south. The first recorded climb to the summit was in 1820 by Dr. Edwin James of the Stephen H. Long Expedition. At present, over 150,000 visitors per year are estimated to climb the peak on the Barr Trail.

Difficulty: More Difficult

At a Glance

After Hours Recovery/Rescue Response: $500 per person will be charged if a hiker/tourist requests rescue/recovery or assistance from Pikes Peak Staff after hours. This is a minimum charge based on circumstances.
Usage: Heavy
Best Season: Spring, Summer, Fall
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Motorized vehicles are prohibited. Hiking or riding along the Cog Railroad right-of-way is prohibited.
Water: Drinking water is not readily available. Water from streams should be treated before use.
Information Center: Foot and horse trail. Be sure to get started very early in the morning. The trail is rated more difficult because of its long sustained grade rising to an especially high elevation. Although an average hiker might complete the round trip in about 16 hours, those persons not used to hiking, especially at these altitudes, should not attempt the round trip in 1 day. Because of the long sustained grade, even a 1-way downhill hike from the summit is very tiring to the legs and feet when not conditioned.

General Information


Trailhead is off Ruxton Avenue, Manitou Springs Colorado above the Pikes Peak Cog Railroad Depot. Some visitors ride to the summit by auto, bus, or Cog Railroad and hike down the trail.

General Notes:

An open shelter is located about 9 miles up the trail just below timberline. Campfires may be built at this site. Barr Camp is another popular overnight camping or lodging spot operated under a special use permit with US Forest Service. A charge is made for use of the facilities.

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  Area/Length : 
13 Miles

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  Elevation : 
6720 feet - 14110 feet