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Barr Trail No. 620

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Pike & San Isabel National Forests Cimarron & Comanche National Grasslands
601 South Weber
Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Phone:
719-636-1602
Basics
Length:
13 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
9 - 11 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
6720 feet
Elevation Range:
6720 feet to 14110 feet
Elevation Change:
7390 feet
Season:
Spring to Fall

Description

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 60,000 visitors per year are estimated to climb the peak on the Barr Trail.

An open shelter is located about nine 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 the US Forest Service. A charge is made for use of the facilities.

Details

Length:
13 miles
Difficulty:
Difficult
Time:
9 - 11 hours
Trailhead Elevation:
6720
Elevation Range:
6720 feet to 14110
Elevation Change:
7390
Season:
Spring to Fall
Additional Details:

Foot and horse trail. Motorized vehicles are prohibited. Hiking or riding along the Cog Railroad right-of-way is prohibited.

Afternoon thunderstorms are common throughout the summer.

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 one day. Because of the long sustained grade, even a one way downhill hike from the summit is very tiring to the legs and feet when not conditioned.

Temperatures at the summit may be as much as 40 degrees cooler than at the bottom. Afternoon thunderstorms are common throughout the summer and snow or sleet may be encountered throughout the year.

Map + Directions

Basic Directions

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.


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