Barr Trail

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Barr Trail
Barr Trail downward 2007.jpg
Barr Trail,[where?] downward view, July 2007
Established 1918
Length 12.6 miles (20.3 km)
Location Colorado, United States
Use Hiking
Highest point 14,115 feet (4,302 m)
Lowest point 6,500 feet (2,000 m)

Barr Trail gains 7,615 feet (2,320 m) from Manitou Springs, Colorado, to the Pikes Peak summit[1] and is used for the Pikes Peak Marathon and the Barr Trail Mountain Race. The high elevation trail with a long sustained grade is rated[who?] more difficult.[2]



For the preceding Burro Trail that became a carriage route[3] to Pikes Peak, see Bear Creek Canyon.

The differing Barr Burro Trail through Englemann Canyon along the 1890 Manitou and Pike's Peak Railway to the Pike's Peak summit[4] was used by the "Barr & Son (Wm M and Fred W)" burro line based at "1203 Colorado av, Colo City" by 1916.[5] The burro trail was followed by the new Barr Trail designed and built by Fred Barr from 1914 to 1921.[6][verification needed] The Pike's Peak Branch of the Colorado Mountain Club officially opened the new trail on July 4, 1918.[4] Barr Camp was built between 1921 and 1924.[6]

The 1918 hiking trail was designated a National Recreation Trail in 1979.[7]


  1. ^ Barr Trail Information
  2. ^ U.S. Forest Service: BARR TRAIL #620
  3. ^ A BIRD-.LOVER IN THE WEST Camping in the West[1][2][3] OLIVE THORNE MILLER
  4. ^ a b Shaw, Dorothy Stott (1918). "Notes from the Pike's Peak Branch" (Google books). Trail and Timberline. Issues 1-63. Retrieved 2013-12-12. the Pike's Peak Branch celebrated the glorious fourth last year by officially opening the new Barr Trail to the summit of Pike's Peak… This year camp will be made at Dead Lake on the night of the third of July… Return will be by way of the Barr Burro Trail. … The members of the Colorado Springs branch [used] sleeping bags…on the ground, saving for the Denver members the beds in the cabins. … The Colorado Springs Local Walks Committee is to be congratulated on the trip … Hob Nail…The Texas Oil Company is the first to remove its signboard from the Mountain Parks entrance on Lookout Mountain. 
  5. ^ 1916 Polk city directory available at Pikes Peak Library District website
  6. ^ a b
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