The most popular way to get to the summit of Pikes Peak is via the Barr Trail. This 13-mile (one-way) hike gains 7,400 vertical feet in elevation from Manitou Springs to the 14,115-foot summit of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain.
Length: 13 miles (one-way)
Trail Difficulty: Advanced
Scenery: Forestry, Rock formations, Rocky Mountains, Timberline
Recommended for: Hikers, athletic dogs
Though many sections of Barr Tail are considered to be easy, the full hike to the summit of Pikes Peak is quite advanced. The hike can be accomplished in a single day and take anywhere from 6 to 10 hours to complete (depending on weather, the hikers' fitness and technical ability as well as a variety of other variables).
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Barr Trail Packing Essentials
- Warm Layers & Waterproof Coverings - Dress and pack for the weather that may or may not occur. Use a layering system that you can modify for existing conditions. Weather can change in an instant on the mountain- even in summer months. Temperatures closer to the summit average 20 degrees lower than at the trailhead.
- Water Source - Water bottles, water bladders and water treatment equipment. There are no sources of water after the trailhead besides small streams. Water is ESSENTIAL to your time on Barr Trail. Dehydration can quickly become very dangerous to please come prepared. Filtration straws and water bottles are great tools for staying hydrated and safe while on your adventure.
- First Aid Kit
- Food - high protein, high carb small meals and snacks like protein bars and trail mix will help maintain your energy and give you much deserved rests along the trail
- Hiking Poles - these may feel a bit silly during the easier parts of the accent, but they come in quite handy and help prevent sprains and strains on your journey.
- Sunscreen - the higher you get in elevation, the more chances for sunburn, so keep yourself comfortable and safe with some good SPF
- Trail Map
Barr Camp is approximately 6.5 miles from the trailhead in Manitou Springs. Many hikers will break the trek to the summit of Pikes Peak into two days by stopping to camp at Barr Camp, about halfway up the mountain. Though anyone can stop to rest at the camp, staying overnight requires an advanced reservation. Reserve a bed in the main cabin, upper cabin, lean-to or space for your own tent. All reservations include a homemade dinner and pancake breakfast the next morning.
It's recommended you arrive to Barr Camp before 4:00 pm. This will give you time to relax before eating, and allows a little extra time should you need it for the hike. The hike may take longer than you expect; they cannot hold dinner past 6:00 pm.
Barr Camp Packing Essentials
- Sleeping Bag - There is no heat overnight at the camp
- Dry Under-Layer - You will cool off fast. Something dry to wear underneath will make a big difference in your comfort
- Optional Tenting Gear - If you are tent camping
- Optional Cooking Gear - If you are cooking your own meals
- Bear Cans - this is bear country and bears can smell food sources and even lip balms through your bags
View trail maps of the Barr Trail for Pikes Peak below.