Barr Trail - Trail, Manitou Springs, Colorado

Barr Trail - Trail, Manitou Springs, Colorado

DESCRIPTION

Rocks, switchbacks, rocks, ultra-technical, no climbing, single-down-track.

USER REVIEWS

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[Nov 23, 2007]
Kristina
Cross Country Rider

I am from Slovakia (Europe) and I visited Colorado Springs 7 years ago. I fell in love with the nature of Colorado Sprigs. There are many great trails we rode. My friend and I wanted to go for something big so we asked locals for the highest hill in that area. We learned that the Pikes Peak with its Barr trail is the greatest ride. We started pretty late. At 11 a.m. we jumped on our bikes in front of our hotel on The garden of the gods street in Colorado Springs. We rode to Manitou springs through The Garden of the gods park. Finally we hit the trail and started to climb up. It was steep, long, technical, hard but beautiful climb. We were lucky and we met only a few people on our way up. The hardest part was the final rocky climb as we lost the path due to snow. We just climbed up carrying our bikes over the rocks. We reached the summit after 6 hours at about 5 p.m. It was cold and very windy. We bought some food and souvenirs and after a 30 minute break we rode down the Pikes Peak Toll road back to Manitou Springs and then to The Garden of the gods. We got back in our hotel room just before 8 p.m. What a great bike trip.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
[Aug 09, 2004]
bigDave
Weekend Warrior

mUTT & jEFF is an idiot (read his post below). Barr Trail and Pikes Peak are beautiful resources to those who live in (and travel to) Colorado Springs. Comments like his make us look like fools. I'll be on the peak this weekend with about 20 of my buddies. We'll fling one your way if we see you mUTT & jEFF. ;^)

Similar Products Used:

The usuals ... Cheyenne Canyon, Waldo Canyon, Paul Intemann, Palmer Park ...

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
4
[Feb 14, 2004]
illcomm33
Cross Country Rider

This is one of those trails that will stick with you long afterwards, as long as you take the road less traveled. RIDE UP. Like previous postings note, this is not a very technical trail in the area; but it is a grueling trail if you climb it. Like most others have said, start this ride early to avoid others! Park down in Manitou so you get a warm up before you hit the trail. From the trailhead start to accend, being curteous of hikers and other riders. The first 1.5 is pretty steep, so don't get too discouraged; it will eventually become "less steep" as you go. The views are spectacular, plus the air is crisp and refreshing. Once you hit Barr camp (about 7 miles or so, you can climb more if you want) take a breather, then turn back around for some fun downhill. Great trail that will have you determined to try it again and again.

Customer Service

Park in Manitou, ride up to Barr Camp, climb, take a few pictures, fly back down.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
[Aug 21, 2003]
craigy
Cross Country Rider

This is best ridden very, very early. In the summer months I rarely ride this trail as there are way too many hikers and runners about. Best time to ride it is in winter (when there is little or no snow about) or at night! Trail is steep and tight at first, flattens out a little ways above the junction off towards French creek/Trail 703 till you hit the A-Frame, then it's steep and gnarly. Technically it's not nearly as hard as some of the local trails but for sheer toughness it's right up there. You hit the most technical sections of the trail above the treeline after riding about 10 miles. The downhill part is just a lot of fun. Try to avoid skidding down the mountain (if you have to skid a lot get better before you ride the mountain again!) and be really courteous to hikers and runners. This is why the night ride option is best. If you hit the peak at about dawn you get maybe as far as Barr Camp before you see another soul...fecking brilliant...ride fast and hard and not stop all the time (hikers have right of way). My favourite part is the section from the A-Frame down to Barr Camp - utterly beautiful!

Customer Service

C'mon don't be a wuss...ride to the top from the Barr Trail trailhead then ride back down again...

Similar Products Used:

Somuch sweet riding in Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas...

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Jul 28, 2003]
One_Mcfly
Cross Country Rider

Has this trail ever been cleaned from bottom to the top? You've got to have mutant super powers, especial the golden steps to summit (not to mention patience of a Saint to cope with tourists).

Customer Service

I ride the first 2 miles in the morning for a workout once a week, and I do not recommend this during tourist season and before The Ascent training time. Even at 6am there's a hiker every 50 feet!

Similar Products Used:

Everything in Cheyenne Canyon and beyond.

OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
[Dec 19, 1998]
Supraman

This trail is badass. I like it.

Customer Service

down

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 20, 1998]
kristian

This trail is a great way to build climbing strength. It rises 8,000 feet if you go the whole way. You should earn the downhill by climbing the trail. Since there are so many hikers on this trail (most of whom don't like bikers) you shouldn't ride down the bottom of the singletrack. About a mile below Barr camp is a little trail that breaks of to the left. This will take you to a wide singletrack (ok its a fire road but it is really steep, loose and a lot of fun). It ends down on highway 24 which you can ride into Manitou Springs on. You can absolutly bomb down this way and not piss of the hikers and trail runners.

Similar Products Used:

none--go to aspen!

OVERALL
RATING
3
VALUE
RATING
[Dec 22, 1998]
Chris Conley

I rode this trail in late July of '98. When we started at the top, it was very, very cold. There was fog everywhere and we couldn't see more than 50 meters. This all passed when it started to warm up a little (with the sun). At the top, we started out at a section that only Hans Rey (on his best day ever) could clean. Well, I'm sure other people can too, but my skill level isn't up to that level yet. Once we got to the more sane path below, we did ride by occasional hikers. It's important that if you want to have a good ride, and have the possibility of coming back to the trail, to be very kind to the hikers. It is very easy to exceed 50kph on this trail (and more), but you have to use responsibility and proper judgement. I really enjoyed this trail, and if other riders take care of it (and not abuse the privlege) than you can enjoy it too. This ride provided some of the best views I've seen in my 18 years of life.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Feb 18, 1999]
RICH

Supraman & Kristian don't ride this trail every few months. I recommend it only during mid-summer & fall before the snow flies. It's a very popular trail for hiker's and other user groups so do it on a weekday when there is less traffic and yield the right of way. 7500 plus ft gain in 12.5 miles of ST. Very technical and challenging for the last 5 miles with a difficult hike-a-bike up the last 1/2 mile across the sixteen golden steps. Definately avoid this ride on the weekends & holidays. This ride is not recommended for the wimpish & weak.

OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
[Mar 23, 1999]
Rosoce

Barr Trail is one of the most difficult trails to ride in the Pikes Peak Region due to the massive altitude gain in such a short distance (7500 ft in 12 miles). The ride is beautiful, the trail is not to technical, and not too crowded during the week or in late Spring and early Fall. Recently made it to Barr Camp (March). Ride smart and don't tick off the locals.

Customer Service

Start at the parking lot above Manitou Springs, by the Cog Railway. Ride up and down the trail, not just down.

Similar Products Used:

Waldo Canyon (easy); Falcon Trail (intermediate); Tempelton Trail, Palmer Park (way technical)

OVERALL
RATING
5
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