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Hiking Pikes Peak: Things to Know

April 30, 2016

  • We suggest getting an early start (predawn). Colorado Springs is known for its afternoon showers in the summertime.
  • The Barr Trail is the most popular route up to the summit. It gains 7,510 vertical feet over the course of 13 miles. And that’s just one-way!
  • That, of course, means the hike is about 26 miles, roundtrip.
  • The trailhead is right by the Pikes Peak Cog Railway in Manitou Springs.
  • If you need a break, stop at Barr Camp. It’s 6.8 miles from the trailhead and allows hikers a short or even overnight rest. It will take you anywhere from 4-7 hours to get to Barr Camp.
  • You’ll notice a 20° difference between the trailhead and Barr Camp. Pack accordingly!
  • Wondering what the weather is like on the summit? Check here for live updates!

Not sure you’re quite ready to hike Pikes Peak? Drive, take the Pikes Peak Cog Railway or bike down Pikes Peak! There are plenty of ways to explore the mountain.