One of our favorite things to do when we travel is to hike and explore so Colorado is a gold mine for this!! Barr Trail is one of the best trails in Colorado Springs/Manitou Springs. If you are looking for a challenging walk (or run) up a mountain pass then Barr Trail is for you.
Once you get about one mile into the trail you can see a large part of Manitou Springs below. If you arrive early enough you can see a beautiful sunset shining into Pikes Forrest. You get crisp and clean mountain air. The sight is a glimpse into what birds must experience far away and above it all. It is safe enough to take adolescent kids but probably too much for anyone younger than about 8 years old.
Although the total length of Barr Trail is 21 km (13 Miles), most people only do the first few miles that is parallel with the Incline, another popular trail in the Manitou Springs area. The trail goes through Pikes National forest, pass Barr Camp and ends at the top of Pikes Peak. The total trail goes up 7800 feet.
Barr is used for the Pikes Peak Marathon which goes as far as Barr Camp and back. Barr trail is great to just walk for exercise. Its fun to run down but you have to be careful since the path gets pretty steep and uneven. Depending on when you go it can be hard to find parking. It costs $5 for the privilege of parking next to the mouth of the trail. You do have the option of parking for free about a half a mile or more away in Manitou.