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Barr Trail

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Length

12.1 Miles 19.4 Kilometers


Singletrack

Elevation

3' 1 m

Ascent

-7,602' -2,317 m

Descent

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

46%

Max Grade (25°)

14,095' 4,296 m

High

6,496' 1,980 m

Low

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Snowy - Snowy above treeline but hikeable with a bike. All clear below treeline. History

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8,000ft of vertical drop in 12.6 miles.

Matt Thoele

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Note: this trail is used extensively by hikers who don't appreciate mountain bikers screaming downhill. Please be extremely courteous if you use this trail, or consider picking one of the other great trails in this area during busy times.

You can ride up this in theory, but it's extremely hard and you'll be hiking lots of it, including all of the last very steep 3 miles, which include a lot of steps at 14,000'. So start by convincing someone to shuttle you to the top of Pikes Peak!

Starting from the top, you'll encounter 32 boulder-filled switchbacks (called "The Golden Stairs") that mostly have to be hike-a-biked, and even that isn't easy.

The next few miles and couple thousand feet are more rideable, but still difficult and dangerous due to all the rocks and pea gravel in the trail. You'll pass a shelter around tree line in case the weather has gone to hell, which is entirely possible at any time at this altitude. You next reach Barr Camp, which means you're about halfway down. The trail is more rideable in this area, and much flatter for a couple miles (though still downhill). The last few miles are rocky and steep, but rideable.

There can be heavy hiker traffic, especially on weekends and during the weeks leading up to the Pike's Peak marathon, so please be courteous! It's best done during the week after the marathon is done.

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Oct 1, 2016
Max Friedman
Took just over 3 hours with breaks
Sep 27, 2015
Patrick Heyboer
Aug 30, 2015
Richard Hackett
DH bike shuttle FTW. 11.9mi
Aug 21, 2015
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Sep 13, 2014
Chris Sgaraglino
26.6mi — 2h 55m
Oct 3, 2011
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  4.2 from 9 votes

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If you choose to bike down from the summit, PLEASE do not cut the switch-backs; especially above tree line! Over the last few years there has been a significant increase in this (dumb ass) practice. If you think you're skilled enough to do this descent, then use those skills appropriately! May 8, 2015
Did this on 9/12/15, it was an awesome ride aside from the hike-a-bike stuff and huge number of hikers, definitely a good idea to go on a weekday, or at least make sure there are no special events on the weekend like the day I went. I didn't start until 1:45pm and only encountered a lot of hikers during the first few miles and then again for the last few miles at the bottom. Looking down from the peak at how far you're about to descend was amazing. VERY VARY rocky technical terrain. A good idea to wear a lot of protection, including a full-face helmet, with how rocky and potentially hazardous the terrain is. I'd also recommend having fairly new brake pads, I had just replaced mine about a month ago, and they will need to be replaced again soon because of this ride. It's deffinitely worth doing at least once for the experience. Sep 14, 2015

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