Barr Trail

#6 of 136 trails in Pike National Forest
Barr Trail is a 23 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Manitou Springs, CO that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

23.0 miles 7250 feet Out & Back
dog friendly kid friendly birding camping hiking mountain biking nature trips snowshoeing trail running walking forest river views wild flowers wildlife rocky
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The trail is wide and very accessible from the ascension and decension standpoint. The last mile is the hardest and takes a lot of stamina to conquer the final walk across the boulder field.

Regina Hammond
1 hour ago

7 Completed4 Reviews

Awesome Pikes Peak Ascent 8/2013, 8/2012, hiked summit and back 9/2014

lisa k
3 days ago

13 Completed13 Reviews

Lots of switchbacks but well marked and a challenging hike. Best not to go on the weekend or you'll get run over by crazies (who have zero trail ettiequte) running at full speed DOWN Barr from the Incline which is annoying. Once you get past the incline summit life (trail) is great. Most are heading up to Pikes Peak which is incredible!

Toph White
12 days ago

17 Completed8 Reviews

awesome trail. a large park of the pikes peak ascent and marathon.

Barry MacDougall
29 days ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

One of the best hikes ever. It's tough, no doubt about it. And make sure you're prepared with rain gear, wind gear, lots of water. But what an amazing day!

Kristan Lepik
30 days ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

I always love hiking the Barr trail! It is definitely a good, challenging hike that really works my legs. This trail even leaves my ever energetic canine tired which makes for a great night's sleep. My favorite part of this trip (besides the beautiful scenery and views) is getting to run down it after climbing to the top!

B Freeber
1 month ago

1 Completed1 Reviews


Robert Edwards
1 month ago

14 Completed14 Reviews

great hike up and back on Bars trail, a different perspective to doing the incline and you can look down it from the top, don't cheat yourself! Do the incline and come down Bars trail!!!

Kelly Farmer
1 month ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

This is a great trail but very heavy foot traffic until reaching the Manitou incline bale out. After that it lightens up quite a bit. Hiking Piles Peak is awesome.

Sam Stegall
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

Caleb Ridgeway gives handys here

Natalie Vannah
2 months ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

Wes Ritner
2 months ago

16 Completed10 Reviews

A great run/hike. I did this trail as part of the Pikes Peak Marathon, and had a great time, although I was in pretty rough shape afterward. It's definitely not your ordinary, run-of-the-mill marathon.

David Kidder
3 months ago

18 Completed10 Reviews

This is a wonderful hike, full of scenery and wildlife. The first few miles are incredibly steep and full of switchbacks starting out from the trailhead near Manitou Springs. After about 3.5 miles, the trail gets a little easier until Barr Camp. Barr Camp is a terrific place to camp, with several sites near the cabin and even more further up the path. Water is plentiful here so stock up. The last six miles are steep and mostly above the tree line. The view from the top is marvelous. Plus, there is the added bonus of the good feeling you will have knowing you walked up the entire difficult 13+ mile trail, while most people took the lazy boring road. Best tip: pack light because the first few miles can get you quick!

Alison Noon
4 months ago

11 Completed8 Reviews

Exhaustion may have been teasing my mind, but I swear on the hike down I saw three signs - miles apart - that said 6 miles to the parking lot. It was a beautiful, painful day for me. Pro tip: If you're doing the full 23+ miles on a day trip, pack twice as many snacks as you think you'll need

Wayne Walk Jr.
5 months ago

51 Completed15 Reviews

Completed after climbing the Incline. Very nice trail with good scenery!

James Lanciaux
6 months ago

10 Completed10 Reviews

Trail head to summit is 11.5 miles (23 out and back). There is approximately 7,500ft of elevation gain. Halfway up is Barr Camp where you can get food, coffee, tea, etc. They allow camping here with reservations. At 9 miles is an A-fram Shelter. We camped here so we could wake up before dawn to hike the last 3 miles to the summit in time for the sunrise.

Rachel Rivers
8 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

This was the first 14er for our family. It was an awesome trail!

Xtina Linn
8 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Lisa Davis
9 months ago

7 Completed7 Reviews

hard switch backs

Callie Wheeler
9 months ago

3 Completed3 Reviews

Really great trail, we were able to have a nice jog through. It's a little narrow at places, but if you arrive early enough in the morning, you don't pass many people and it's very enjoyable!

Carter Ortiz
9 months ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

Awesome I loved it!! This was my first fourteener and it was quite the experience! Absolutely beautiful!