Pikes Peak Barr Trail, 3-Day

One of our most requested hikes to the summit of Pikes Peak. This is a 3-day hike with two overnights at the historic Barr Camp where we will be well looked after by the caretakers. We also have the option to tent camp in the forest. From Manitou Springs to Barr Camp takes around 4 hours of paced hiking to allow your body time to adjust to altitude. We overnight and acclimatize at 10,200′, then wake early the following morning for the ascent of Pikes Peak. From Barr Camp to the summit it takes roughly 6 hours of hiking along a well defined trail. Truly an enjoyable and nice way to experience this 14er! This is a year-round route option however in the winter months snowshoes and other considerations may be necessary. This route is a great training ground for climbing Kilimanjaro or Aconcagua or beyond.

For those climbing Pikes Peak or any 14er for the first time a guided ascent will greatly improve your safety margin as well as summit success potential. We are happy to impart our knowledge of high altitude and mountaineering along the way.

3-Day ascent includes lodging at Barr Camp, meals and professional high altitude guides.


**COVID-19 Update:  Currently the caretakers at Barr Camp are taking reservations through December. Please refer to barrcamp.com for current information and availability.

3-Day Itinerary:

  1. Meeting, intros and gear check.  We meet for about two hours and go though our gear list and pack gear as a team.  This insure you have all needed items and your not carrying unnecessary weight. Then we transfer to the Barr Trailhead in Manitou Springs (6,700′). From here we start our 4-5 hour hike to Barr Camp (10,200′).  Overnight with the caretakers of the Barr Camp. They’re great folk and will serve us spaghetti for dinner and chat us up in the evening before we hit our sleeping bags in the bulk house early.
  2. Rise early for our summit push.  We start out by headlamp so that we get a good start on the day.  The ascent from Barr Camp to the summit (14,110′) in the winter can be a long one but we have all day to get it done.  10-12 hours depending on conditions and fitness. We take maintenance breaks ever hour or so to ensure we keep an “all day pace”.  The view above treeline will keep you going, this is why we climb! Once back down to Barr Camp we celebrate our achievements and tell stories of the ascent and others into the night.
  3. Wake “late” at about 7am and the lovely Barr Camp caretakers have made us Pikes Peak pancakes. You might eat 13 after yesterdays ascent, we have. After breakfast we take our time and pack up for our descent. The descent back to Manitou Springs take 3 hours or so.  All the while you’ll look back up at the mountain we just climbed.

Prices are per person

1 hiker, 1 guide

2 hikers, 1 guide

3 hikers, 1 guide

4 hikers, 1 guide

Call for larger groups 719-368-9524

Price includes lodging and meals at Barr Camp and trailhead parking.


  • Pikes Peak
  • other permitted 14ers available upon request

Trip includes:

  • Meals and lodging at Barr Camp
  • Professional high altitude mountain guide
  • Trailhead Parking

Not included:

  • Cog Train tickets or van shuttle descent options

Client expectations:

  • Able to carry 30lb pack (more for winter climbs).
  • Able to hike 10 miles a day for consecutive days.
  • You will be on your feet for 5-6 hours a day for consecutive days. Summit day can be up to 12 hours depending on condtions.
  • This is not a technical climb, but it is a climb!
  • 12 miles to the summit. Plus 7,600′ vertical. This feels more like a 20 mile hike.

Pikes Peak Alpine School operates under special use permits from the USDA Forest Service, Pike National Forest and is an equal opportunity service provider & employer

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