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Backpacking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Pikes Peak Ranger District

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Barr - Summit Trailhead

Elevation: 14,110 Feet (4398.4 Meters)

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General Description

When hiking the Barr Trail be sure to get an early start.  The first two miles are exposed and steep.
Copyright: Amy Pyle - Interactive Outdoors, Inc.
When hiking the Barr Trail be sure to get an early start. The first two miles are exposed and steep.
The Barr Summit Trailhead serves the Barr Trail as well as an entire network of trails on Pikes Peak. This trailhead is located on the summit of Pikes Peak (14,110'). It offers visitors a less strenuous hike down from the mountain to Manitou Springs. An extensive network of trails exists from Barr Trail, which visitors may choose to explore.

The Barr Trail, named after its builder, Fred Barr was constructed
during the years 1914 to 1921. The trail climbs 13 miles from the Trailhead (6,720') in Manitou Springs, to the summit of Pikes Peak (14,110'). The elevation gain of the Barr Trail is the greatest in the state reaching 7,258'.

Directions from Barr East Trailhead: Hike west on Barr Trail (#620) 12.6 miles or ride Cog Railroad to summit.

Directions from Cascade: Take Pikes Peak toll road (by auto or bus) approximately 19 miles to the summit of Pikes Peak.

Directions from Barr East Trailhead: West on Trail 620 12.6 miles to summit

Directions from Cascade: Take Pikes Peak toll road approx 19 miles to summit of Pikes Peak

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: April through October .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Trailhead Parking Barr - Summit Trailhead
ICON Camping Barr Camp
ICON Horseback Riding Barr Trail, Mountain View Trail, Severy Creek Trail, Elk Park Trail, Manitou Reservoir Trail, French Creek Trail
ICON Scenic Driving Pikes Peak Highway
ICON Viewing Scenery Barr Trailhead - Summit

Related Activities
Barr Camp - Barr Camp is located 7 miles west on the Barr Trail from the Ruxton Trailhead in Manitou Springs. Reservations are necessary during the peak season, Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Barr Trail - The Barr Trail climbs the eastern face of Pikes Peak. It has the largest elevation gain of any single trail in Colorado.

Bottomless Pit Trail - Bottomless Pit Trail stems from the Barr Trail west of Barr Camp. It provides a view of the sharp crags and interesting rock formations that form Pikes Peak.

Elk Park Trail - Elk Park Trail leads from the Pikes Peak Toll Road to Barr Camp. Users may take a short spur to an abandoned mining town from this trail.

Mountain View Trail - The Mountain View Trail connects Barr Trail with the Cog Railway to the south. The trail begins about .5 miles below Barr Camp on Barr Trail.

Severy Creek Trail - Severy Creek Trail has been closed to protect the Greenback Cutthroat Trout, an endangered species, from whirling disease.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Pikes Peak Ranger District, U.S. Forest Service, 601 South Weber Street , Colorado Springs, CO, 80903, Phone: 719-636-1602, Fax: 719-477-8273


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