The Barr Trail is one tough grind, 13 miles each way and more than 7,000 ft. of elevation gain make it an extremely challenging trail. The trail leads to the summit of Pikes Peak, which is one of Colorado's 54 14ers and stands at 14,110 ft. If you are planning on tackling this monster in one day, the Forest Service recommends leaving very early and giving yourself at least 16 hours to complete the hike. If you would like to make it a 2-day affair, you can stay half way up the Trail at Barr Camp. There are charges and reservations are required. When attempting this hike, remember to carry plenty of water and you should probably bring a filter unless you want a date with Giardia. This is a serious hike and people have been killed, so always keep a keen eye on any nasty weather systems that may be brewing and remember use common sense. That said, this hike is truly amazing and well worth the effort. The Barr Trail passes through three biological life zones. Wildlife and wildflowers are abundant along the trail. Obviously, the entire length of this trail is not even close to kid friendly. There is camping available in the Pike National Forest.
Barr Trail is named after Fred Barr who built the trail from 1914 to 1921. Also, Pikes Peak is the place that inspired the song "America the Beautiful."
Entrance and Camping Fees
Contact: Pike National Forest 2840 Kachina Drive Pueblo, CO 81008