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Manitou Springs Trailhead
Added by BillMiddlebrook

Location:  Front Range
14ers Served:  Pikes Peak
Road Type:  Paved Road 0   (0=Paved, 6=Very Difficult 4WD)
2WD paved to the TH.
Directions:  From City Hall in the center of Manitou Springs go west 1/2 mile to Ruxton, turn left 3/4 mile past the cog railway to the parking lot by the hydro plant.
Winter Access:  Open year-round.
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2015-07-25 Rolled into the upper Barr Trail Parking lot at 430 AM this morning to find every spot taken. Apparently a large group of Scouts had just arrived and taken a few of the spots but there were also quite a few people training for the PPA/PPM. We ended up snagging one of the last few spots on Ruxton just below the Iron Springs Chateau where I paid $18 for my 9 hour parking spot. Get there early!!! jrs1965         
2013-06-09 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: http://www.springsgov.com/Page.aspx?NavID=4838 scholbiwan         
2012-09-01 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. ezabielski         
2012-05-27 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. sjhiker         
2011-09-21 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. nomadelmundo         
2011-06-27 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. TravelingMatt         
2011-06-20 Despite the recent snow on Pike‘s, the trailhead is bone dry and packed with cars by 6am. Toni Marie         
2010-08-20 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. redwingsarebad         
2010-05-19 All is clear at the trailhead, and the snow is melting rapidly from Pike‘s Peak, despite the recent weather. Toni Marie         
2010-03-29 Minitou Springs has closed the TH parking lot and approach road for utility work. Closure expected to last most of week. (Courtesy of tmathews - http://www.14ers.com/phpBB3/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=23965&p=287830&hilit=Barr#p287773) Tripper         
2009-08-11 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. gerrys         
2009-06-06 Barr Trail TH will be closed all day on Wednesday, June 10th for maintenance work. womanhiker         
2009-05-27 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. CO Native         
2009-05-18 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. Aubrey         
2009-04-20 The trail is pretty clear up to about mile 2.5/3. From there its super wet and slushy from the recent snowfall. rangerdrew         
2008-06-10 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. thebeave7         
2008-05-04 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. Gueza         
2008-04-29 Can we now hike to Barr Camp? lifecolorado         
2008-01-07 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. Brad         
2007-07-03 TH is easily accessible; at 6:00 AM on Saturday, June 30th, you could not have parked on Ruxton though, so get there early. Brad         
2007-04-21 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. Brad         
2007-04-11 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. Brad         
2005-05-08 May 4, 2005: The Barr Trailhead is open, but then again, it's nearly always accessible. Be careful parking here, though. The lot fills up quickly, and the people who run the Cog RR are really anal about parking, even when the Cog isn't running. They will tow you. If the main lot is full, your best bet will be to park way down the hill on Hydro street near some houses. If that area is full, you might have to park way down in Manitou. sisyphus         

New sign at the trailhead (Added by: CO Native on 2011-11-08)Sign at the pay station with the new rules (Added by: CO Native on 2011-11-08)The ticket booth, credit cards only. (Added by: CO Native on 2011-11-08)The now paved and now empty parking lot after adding the fee. (Added by: CO Native on 2011-11-08)

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