Peak(s):  Pikes Peak  -  14,110 feet
Date Posted:  06/21/2009
Date Climbed:   06/19/2009
Author:  4HClimber

 Everybody‘s Got to Try Barr Trail!  

Everyone Needs to Try Barr Trail

I know it's a 26 miles round trip but everyone checking off their 14er list needs to try the Barr Trail on their way to the top of Pikes Peak. First, it is a heck of a workout to get you in or to keep you in shape (7,400 feet elevation gain—about 2 regular 14ers). Second, you've got to spend a night or two at Barr Camp on the way up. Teresa and Neal (the caretakers/caregivers/hosts at the place) are two amazing people.

Here's a picture of Teresa and Neal--Great hosts!Image

I left the Barr Trail Trailhead at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday June 18 and arrived dog tired at Barr Camp (7 miles and 3400 feet higher) at 8:00 p.m. After a breakfast of Tersesa's Pike's Pike Power Pancakes I was on the trail the next day by 7:00 a.m. and on the summit a little after 12 noon. From the one mile to go sign up the east face it was knee-deep to hip-deep snow. At the sign for the "16 Golden Stairs" there was no sign of the trail so the last 300 or so feet were straight up. And it was a tough straight up!

About half way up the Barr Trail, this is the look at the East face of Pike's that awaits you.Image

This is a view of the East face at tree line about the a-frame.Image

On the second traverse across the East face and looking up to the summit. The summit house would be just to the right edge of this shot. The snow was very soft and tough going.Image

On the summit with a fellow Barr Camp guest- on my left, Kelsey from Canada. He snagged the last seat on the train for me. Image

This was number 20 on my list and it was so far the most grueling trip yet. The last mile of slugging through the snow sapped me so much that I opted to take the Cog train down to the Mountain View stop and hike back over to Barr Camp. The train turn around was so quick that I did not have a chance to fly the 4-H Flag on the summit--dang! Catching the train actually only knocked off maybe 4 miles from the route, but at least I knew I'd make it back to Barr Camp for the best spaghetti dinner you've ever experienced.

The B.S. area in the cabin at Barr Camp.

The front of the cabin at Barr Camp. Kelsey the Canadian filtering some drinking water with one of his Canadian friends.Image

Barr Camp is great not only because of the friendly and knowledgeable hosts, but also because you get to meet people from all over the world who share the same common interest with you. It's great to sit on that nice soft couch in the cabin and swap stories with everyone there.
Barr Camp made this 14er summit a very unique and pleasurable experience and I highly recommend it.

Jeff Goodwin (AKA 4HClimber)

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 Comments or Questions
Tory Wells

How much of the trail....
09/03/2011 14:45
is melted out?

(nevermind....i found in there what you wrote about it)


Next time!
06/02/2011 14:57
Great job. Looks nice. Next time up Pikes this is the way I want to go.


06/22/2009 13:46
Looks like the Barr Trail is worth the extra mileage. Pike‘s Peak is one that I certainly look forward to in the near future. I may have to seriously consider this approach. I gonna try to get more summits in first so I can hang with all the other stories being told at the cabin!

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