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I hope you enjoyed my Pikes Peak Standard Route Guide. There are also cabins you can rent but this must be arranged ahead of time and fills fast. I created The Next Summit to share stories, advice, history and reflections about America’s Mountain Ranges! Copyright 2012 - 2020 Avada | All Rights Reserved | Powered by, 14er Packing Checklist | The Complete Guide.

So, you've decided to tackle the Barr Trail. Leave your plans with someone back home along with a detailed itinerary. The Next Summit is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.

Here’s more info in my Pikes Peak Standard Route Guide.

If you’ve gotten this far, you can push through to the summit from here. We committed, so we had to build out our backpacking packs.

If you want to join my newsletter, subscribe below. A very early start will help you find parking and get you to higher ground before the sun starts to bake Pikes' east slopes -.

You should expect easy route-finding and good conditions for the majority of the route. If you took that optional route to start, make sure you divert left to join the Barr Trail. Pikes Peak is the only 14er with a permanent structure on the summit. I recommend doing this in two days with an overnight rest at Barr Camp. Pikes Peak is one of the most famous 14ers, and the only one that gave a name to a major Colorado historical event.


The Barr Trail is long but well-maintained and signed. After a time, you’ll pass the Manitou Incline around 7,800 feet. Even though gold was found north in Denver, the Pikes Peak Gold Rush is largely responsible for the state’s early development. Thanks! Pikes Peak, nicknamed America’s Mountain, is a 14,114-foot peak among dozens of 14ers in Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. Enjoy This Post?

Worth a rest to enjoy the view here! Cross Fourmile Creek on a great bridge and start up the trail -. Once parked, set off for the Barr Trail. Near a ranch, turn left onto a dirt road and follow it 3.0 miles to the trailhead.

If you are, continue 0.1 mile farther up the road, turn left to enter the campground. You’ll pass several metal signs alerting you to the presence of a several thousand foot drop off just beyond it. Cross to the east side of the Pikes Peak road - 10, step over a cable, turn right and hike on the trail that parallels the Pikes road.

The Barr Trail up to the summit is a Class 1 hike, but it’s the longest of any 14er with nearly one and a half miles of elevation gain. Past Devils Playground, stay on the trail to the left of the road. It takes significant time & resources to maintain my blog. In fact, it offers doughnuts and coffee – a well earned treat after all your hard work.

The trail is excellent all the way to the summit but it's the length, elevation gain and heat that make this a tough day. Even though gold was found north in Denver, the Pikes Peak Gold Rush is largely responsible for the state’s early development.

Difficulty: Class 2 Total Elevation Gain: 4,300 feet Round-trip Distance: 14.00 miles.

Check the weather forecast and stay home during inclement weather.

Optionally you can use the Manitou Incline to begin the hike, as it meets up with the Barr Trail towards the top. While the trail is in good condition, it can be hard to see from where you are. Turn south onto Colorado 67 and drive 4.1 miles. Drive toward the center of town and at a roundabout, turn west onto Ruxton Avenue. Tree-line is just a bit further up the trail from here. At the far end of the campground there is access to the trail. As you finally reach tree line near 12,100 feet the remaining route comes into view. Failure to have the necessary experience, physical conditioning, supplies or equipment can result in injury or death. Join The Next Summit Newsletter to get advice, news & stories! All parking is pay-only from here all the way down Ruxton Ave. and there are self-serve fee stations.

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Drive 0.8 mile on Ruxton to reach Hydro Street. NEW TO 14ERS? As of 2010, this is the new location of the trailhead. The Barr Trail up to the summit is a Class 1 hike, but it’s the longest of any 14er with nearly one and a half miles of elevation gain.

Download Agreement, Release, and Acknowledgement of Risk: Take U.S. 24 to Manitou Springs and use one of several exits to get to Manitou Avenue. 11 looks back at Devils Playground.

After 6 miles of hiking you will finally pass Barr Camp. Hiking & climbing 14ers is an inherently high-risk activity – do so at your own risk, and use the following best practices to help keep yourself safe.

If you enjoy my route guides, articles and resources, consider supporting my work as a patron for just $3 a month. The 16 Golden Stairs are really just a series of grueling switchbacks up the eastern face of Pikes Peak. There are numerous campsites available here if you’d like to spend the night (highly recommended if you’re a beginner).

As you can see from the picture, you’re still a long ways from the peak, with several thousand feet of elevation gain to go. Bring a buddy on your first ascent, preferably someone experienced. Just don’t try to count the switchbacks, it won’t make things easier.

Download Agreement, Release, and Acknowledgement of Risk: Take U.S. 24 to Divide. Parking is an issue in this area and the lot fills up very early in the morning due to Barr trail hikers, Incline users and Cog Railway customers, when it's open. A bit beyond this rock you’ll pass several overlooks that provide a great view of Pikes Peak. You're more than 2.25 miles from the summit. 14ers.com and the author(s) of this route description provide no warranties, either express or implied, that the information provided is accurate or reliable. It is the longest and greatest elevation gain of the Class 1 (“easiest”) Colorado 14ers. Hike through a strip of rocks to reach the Devils Playground area. As you approach the top, the Summit House will come into view.

Turn right onto Hydro and drive up a hill to reach the parking lot and trailhead. The trail above tree line is rugged so make sure you take your time. Pikes Peak – 14,110 feet | 32nd | Class 1 Mt.

Pikes Peak is one of the most famous 14ers, and the only one that gave a name to a major Colorado historical event. Around 2.75 miles from the trailhead you’ll come to a fun rock arch that stands over the trail – go ahead and sneak through it.

Bierstadt – 14,060 feet | 40th | Class 2 The 14ers of Colorado’s Front Range perhaps get the most foot traffic out of all the 14ers in the state simply due to their easy access from large cities like Denver and Colorado Springs, plus their routes are some of the easiest to summit. Get ready for 2,000 feet of elevation gain to go to reach the summit! The old trailhead (0.3 miles higher) is being phased out and is not recommended unless you are camping at the Crags Campground. Research your route and bring a compass & topographic map. My name is Alex Derr.

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