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Elk Park Trail #652

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A Front Range high alpine gem.


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Map Key

5.3

Miles

8.6

KM

Singletrack

11,835' 3,607 m

High

10,193' 3,107 m

Low

187' 57 m

Up

1,828' 557 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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Description

Elk Park offers another option to tackle Pikes Peak than the boulder strewn, water bar choked, hiker infested Barr Trail. The trail starts just below 12,000ft off of the Pikes Peak Highway (toll required) and descends quickly to meet the Barr Trail just above Barr Camp.

It has everything you want in a high-alpine ride: loose gravel, smooth dirt, technical rock challenges, creek crossings and amazing views.

It can be ridden from the bottom up, but most folks will shuttle up via the Pikes Peak Highway. After Barr Camp you can descend via the lower Barr Trail, but watch out for hikers. Use a bell and yield the trail. A more enjoyable finish to this ride includes finding a creative way (via various connector trails and dirt roads) to link it with Jones Park,finishing in the Gold Camp area on Captain Jack's or Bear Creek Trail #666. You'll want a good topo map for this option.

Contacts

Shared By:

Andrew Judkins with improvements by Forrest Rover

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 10 votes

#2

in Pikes Peak

#5515

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#2

in Pikes Peak

#526

in Colorado

#5,515

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A fall descent of the Pikes Peak Plummet, albeit with a slight modification at the end by going through RRCOS instead.
Oct 7, 2019 near Manitou…, CO
A rare view of Pikes Peak from the Elk Park trail.
Sep 18, 2016 near Manitou…, CO
The Pike's Massif dominates a thousand feet overhead, filling one's entire field of view along Elk Park Trail.
Aug 27, 2017 near Manitou…, CO
Elk Park Trail stretches out across the face of Pike's Peak.
Aug 27, 2017 near Cascade…, CO
Stop in for snacks and supplies, or shelter.
Jun 1, 2018 near Manitou…, CO
Your first view as you descend Elk Park
Jun 1, 2018 near Cascade…, CO

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Oct 16, 2019
Mark Tjaden
Road from alpine to city streets through singletrack and all sorts of colors. Wow. What a ride
May 18, 2019
J. Frye
when you reach the end of the trail, ignore the white arrow which points left. go right to get to Barr Camp/Trail
Sep 17, 2018
ERIC CSABA
Sep 9, 2018
Cory Eales
Aug 31, 2018
PJ S
Jul 29, 2018
Kaile Vierstra
Aug 26, 2017
Allen Tanner
Nov 5, 2016
Mateo.S.Powell Powell