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Barr Trail

Trail passes through 3 ecological zones - montane, spruce-fir and alpine to gain Pikes Peak - a historical landmark.

photo:  Photo by Jesse Parker.

Length: 13.00 miles
Loop Trail? No
Type: Backcountry
Agency: USDA Forest Service
Entry Fee? No
Parking Fee? No

Allowed Uses:

Bicycling (off pavement)
Pedestrian - Walking/Hiking/Running

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Location: At Manitou Springs W of Colorado Springs on US 24. Connects to Summit of Pikes Peak.
State(s): Colorado
Longitude: -104.93394
Latitude: 38.8558

Driving Directions

Trailhead is off Ruxton Avenue, Manitou Springs above the Pikes Peak Cog Railroad depot.


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.

Additional Details

Primary Surface: Not Available
Secondary Surface: None
Elevation Low Point: 6,720
Elevation High Point: 14,110
Elevation Gain (cumulative): Not Available

Year Designated:

Supporting Webpages and Documents

Website: USFS Trail Details

Contact Information

For more information and current conditions, contact the trail manager (listed below). For questions, suggestions, and corrections to information listed on the website, contact American Trails.

Trail Management:
Pike-San Isabel National Forest
Pike Peaks Ranger District
601 South Weber St.
Colorado Springs, CO 80903



 Photo by Jesse Parker.

Photo by Jesse Parker.

Friends of the Peak Volunteers doing tread maintenance on Barr trail 2017. Photo by Susan Jarvis.

Friends of the Peak Volunteers doing tread maintenance on Barr trail 2017. Photo by Susan Jarvis.


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