This is a popular course for the Pikes Peak Marathon and attracts runners every summer from across the United States. The grueling route from the trailhead to Barr Camp is 6.5 miles, while the distance from the Barr Camp to the Summit is 5.8 miles. The total elevation gain from the trailhead to the summit is 7,510 feet and a brisk pace will still take 8 hours till completion. This trail is for expert hikers and runners ONLY! The trail is made of packed dirt and decomposed gravel. It is a very steep and challenging trail full of spectacular views, forests of ponderosa pine, and wildflowers. This trail should be started at first light for cooler temperatures and maximum daylight. Total Distance = 12.3 miles
Directions: In Colorado Springs, take I-25 to Highway 24 exit. Head West on Highway 24 to the Manitou Ave. exit (4 miles). From the off-ramp, veer right and drive into Manitou Springs. Once in town, look for the Cog Railway sign, and turn left onto Ruxton Ave (1.5 miles). Follow Ruxton all the way to where it ends at the Cog Railway (.7 miles). Hikers using Barr Trail should drive past the Railway building, and turn at the sign labeled "Barr Trail Parking", up a short little steep road (Hydro Street) to the gravel parking lot (.2 miles). Due to limited parking space available at the Pikes Peak Cog Railway, it is essential that day-hikers and overnight guests always park in the Barr Trail parking lot. If you do park in the Cog Railway Parking lot, your vehicle will most likely be towed.