Description and pictures contributed by Craig Evans
This ride takes you from Manitou Springs up the Barr Trail to the Barr Camp,
which is approximately halfway to the summit. Although very popular with hikers,
the trail has few mountain bikers. The reason for this is simple: it is
physically brutal! Elevation goes from all the way from 6,200 feet to 10,200
feet, for a massive 4,000 foot gain over just 6.5 miles.
The trail is generally excellent, barely deserving a moderate Technical
Difficulty. Still, the log steps at switchback corners, loose gravel/talus
covering the trail, and some rocky conditions higher up can be difficult to
This is the ultimate "last big ride" of the season. It was certainly a
measure of your conditioning, both physical and mental, as you battle to keep
your legs operational. Train hard, and don't miss it next season!
Trail Stats and Pictures
13 mile round trip, 4 hours.
Recommended time to ride
is between mid June
and end of September.
Us at Barr Camp
Ben Lucero "in the air"
Jeff Mohrman "going up"
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