Use of Trail: Hiking / Biking
Length of Trail: 26.2 Miles Roundtrip
Elevation Gain: 7,500 Ft. Gain
A popular 26-miles heavily-trafficked out-and-back trail starting in Manitou Springs to the top of Pikes Peak. Recommended for experienced backcountry adventurers or those prepared for an overnight trip. Hike April through October. Bicycles and dogs on leash are okay. This is the same trail followed by the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon. Overnighters reserve a spot at Barr Camp, a 6.5-mile hike from Manitou Springs, or about the halfway mark to the summit of Pikes Peak.
Trailhead Directions: Travel west on Highway 24 for 4 miles to Manitou Avenue exit. Turn right onto Manitou Avenue and proceed for 3 miles to Ruxton Avenue at the traffic circle. Proceed about 0.8 miles along Ruxton Avenue Hydro Street. Turn right onto Hydro Street and proceed to its end at the Barr Trail parking lot. You must pay $10 for all-day parking, but space is very limited.
Temporary Alternate Route for Summit: The detour takes hikers from the end of Barr Trail, down the Cog Railway track bed to the 19-mile point where hikers then access the Pikes Peak Highway to hike up the shoulder of the road to the summit. Signs are posted at the base of Barr Trail, at Barr Camp, and at the detour point.
Hikers should exercise extreme caution while hiking on the shoulder of the highway due to vehicular traffic, and, as always, be prepared for quickly changing weather conditions.
*Detailed trail and parking info, plus maps can be found for sale at the Manitou Springs Visitor’s Center at 354 Manitou Avenue, Manitou Springs, CO (719) 685-5089