Manitou Springs Trailhead


Range: Front Range
Coordinates: 38.85585, -104.93383
14ers: Pikes Peak
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Road Difficulty

Paved Road 0   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD paved to the TH.

Driving Directions

Take U.S. 24 to Manitou Springs and use one of several exits to get to Manitou Avenue. Drive toward the center of town and at a roundabout, turn west onto Ruxton Avenue. Drive 0.8 mile on Ruxton to reach Hydro Street. Turn right onto Hydro and drive up a hill to reach the parking lot and trailhead. Parking is an issue in this area and the lot fills up very early in the morning due to Barr trail hikers, Incline users and Cog Railway customers, when it's open. All parking is pay-only from here all the way down Ruxton Ave. and there are self-serve fee stations.

Winter Access

Open year-round.
Status Updates 
Posted By: MtSherman2015
Info: FYI--Barr Trail at the Barr TH (and the Incline) are closed until further notice due to a 1 acre wildfire near lower Barr trail that occurred late Thursday afternoon. It would be reasonable to expect both to re-open within a few days, but check ahead before arriving.
Posted By: BenV+P
Info: After Action Report AAR for areas ’Melodrama’ and Barr Trail parking, Manitou Springs. Parking was plentiful and not an issue arriving at 0700 that morning. i parked at Melodrama, $10, from 07-2000PM. ’Rocky Mountain Ride’ brought me back to the lot, from the top of Pikes Peak for $60. Be advised the Manitou/Ruxton Ave circle West is closed for construction, requiring a complete detour out on the highway to get to the other side of town.
Posted By: Teresa Gergen
Info: Parking in the Barr Trail lot is now by online, advance reservation only, $20 from midnight to midnight, payable here: I can’t figure out how this can possibly work, since when you show up, you are not unlikely to find a car parked in your space that did not have a reservation and that has a ticket on the windshield. Parking in the Incline lot is $10 for 4 hours, payable by credit card only at the gate. There is a parking attendant, and if you pull a pack and poles out of your car and look like a hiker instead of a runner, you are likely to get accused of parking in the wrong lot to access the Barr Trail instead of the Incline, and told that after 4 hours your car will be towed.
Posted By: camocreation
Info: Barr T.H. parking lot easily accessible in any vehicle. About 30 spots that tend to fill up quickly. $10 parking fee for entire day paid by credit/debit card only at self-pay station.
Posted By: scholbiwan
Info: In addition to the parking lot having a fee, the streets along Ruxton Ave. all have parking fees associated with it. If I interpreted everything correctly, you have to pay to park along the few blocks near the cog railway. Further down, there are more restrictions: Residential permit required M-F 8 PM - 4 AM, and at all times on the weekend, otherwise you have to pay to park.

To accommodate all of these restrictions, Manitou Springs has started a free shuttle service that goes between the cog railway and downtown. I did not use it so I am not entirely sure on the details, but you can find out more here:
Posted By: ezabielski
Info: This parking lot now costs $5 per 24 hours. I was there at 3AM on a perfect Saturday and there were only 3 or 4 cars. By the time I got back at 3PM the lot was packed, as well as the streets leading up to it.
Posted By: sjhiker
Info: There are only a few thin patches of snow up near the Golden Stairs. Slick ice in the morning - trekking poles helpful on the trail, but it‘s all easily skirted.
Posted By: nomadelmundo
Info: I hiked up Pike in September, and 12 hours later after coming down found a ticket for $15. So pay at the little meter at the beginning of the Barr‘s TH to save some money. It sucks I know.
Posted By: TravelingMatt
Info: Theresa at the Barr Camp said she believes Manitou Springs will start charging to park in this lot "sometime this week". Fee will apparently be $5/day if parking for more than 3 hours. Still free (no kiosks installed yet) as of today. No word on whether this would extend to parking on the street down Ruxton. If you are arriving at midday to spend the night at Barr Camp it is possible to find a spot in the lot if you are patient and persistent.
Posted By: Toni Marie
Info: Despite the recent snow on Pike‘s, the trailhead is bone dry and packed with cars by 6am.
Posted By: redwingsarebad
Info: This weekend (8/21 + 8/22) the Barr Trail hosts the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon. The trails will be packed with people, and parking will be next to impossible. Manitou Ave will be closed at about 5am on both days, reopening around 8a (I‘m guessing) after the runners leave.
Posted By: Toni Marie
Info: All is clear at the trailhead, and the snow is melting rapidly from Pike‘s Peak, despite the recent weather.
Posted By: Tripper
Info: Minitou Springs has closed the TH parking lot and approach road for utility work. Closure expected to last most of week.

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Posted By: gerrys
Info: Ascent & Marathon will be run on Aug 15th & 16th. Unless you want to be run over by 1600+ runners, hikers are strongly encouraged to pick another day.
Posted By: womanhiker
Info: Barr Trail TH will be closed all day on Wednesday, June 10th for maintenance work.
Posted By: CO Native
Info: The Barr Trailhead parking lot will soon cost $5 per day to use. The city will be installing a self service pay station early this summer.
Posted By: Aubrey
Info: Parking was hell. Beyond that, the trail was bone dry all the way to the Bottomless Pit junction. From there, there were snow patches off and on to treeline. Above treeline, it was snowy/slushy.
Posted By: rangerdrew
Info: The trail is pretty clear up to about mile 2.5/3. From there its super wet and slushy from the recent snowfall.
Posted By: thebeave7
Info: Only the standard parking issues at the trail head, no snow/ice left below treeline on the Barr Trail. Two 100ft drifts at 13K, then some patchy snow above 13500ft, though all patches are well tread and easily passable.
Posted By: Gueza
Info: Very crowded get there as early as you can. No ice or snow on the incline stairs. Pikes has some pretty big drifts before treeline. Snowshoes are optional but highly recomended. Did not use crampons on the east face. Completly doable.
Posted By: lifecolorado
Info: Can we now hike to Barr Camp?
Posted By: Brad
Info: Seems that this one is always easy to get to unless it is a beautiful, warm day and everyone is hiking/running the trail/incline. As of Saturday, January 5, 2008 the trail is icy beginning at the trailhead; some short stretches are melted though.
Posted By: Brad
Info: TH is easily accessible; at 6:00 AM on Saturday, June 30th, you could not have parked on Ruxton though, so get there early.
Posted By: Brad
Info: Hiked to 10645’ today. The trail was completely snow free until the spur at No Name Creek. From there to Barr Camp it was sporadic; snow was very well packed too. From Barr Camp to 10645’ (about 3/4 mile past Barr Camp) the trail was completely covered in snow and we post holed several times. You can tell the traffic has been stopping at Barr Camp.
Posted By: Brad
Info: My wife and I hiked up to just past the cutoff for the incline on the 1st of April and the trail was snow-free to that point (about 3.5 miles into the trail - approx. 9000’). I will update again as we should head back up a portion this weekend.

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