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Hiking & Walking: Colorado > Pike and San Isabel National Forests > Pikes Peak Ranger District

Quick Facts

Elk Park Trail

Beginning Elevation: 11,820 Feet (3684.5 Meters) Pikes Peak Highway
Difficulty: Moderate to More Difficult
Elevation: 11,800 Feet (3678.3 Meters)
Elevation Gain: 1,680 Feet (523.7 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 10,200 Feet (3179.6 Meters) Barr Trail
Length, One-way: 5.5 Miles (9.17 Kilometers)
Other Maps: Pikes Peak Atlas, Trails Illustrated 137
Recommended Season: Summer
Trail Number: 652
Usage: Heavy

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General Description

Elk Park Trail leads from the Pikes Peak Toll Road to Barr Camp. It is one of a network of trails that spurs from Barr National Recreation Trail. Users may take a short spur to an abandoned mining town from this trail. The trail is rated easy if traveled from Elk Park to Barr Camp, and more difficult from Barr Camp to Elk Park. The elevation gain/loss is 1,680'.

Directions from Colorado Springs: Drive west on Highway 24 10 miles to Pikes Peak Highwway toll booth. Travel up the toll highway approximately 13 miles to the Elk Park turn-off site.

Directions from Barr Trail: From downtown Manitou turn west on to Ruxton Avenue and drive 1 mile to the trailhead. Walk up the Barr Trail 7 miles to the Elk Park Trail.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: June through October (NOTE: Snow may obstruct the trail through the Spring and Fall months.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Backpacking Elk Park Trail - Barr National Recreation Trail
ICON Hiking & Walking Elk Park Trail
ICON Horseback Riding Elk Park Trail
ICON Animal Identification Elk Park Trail
ICON Bird Identification Elk Park Trail
ICON Mushroom Identification Elk Park Trail
ICON Pine Cone Gathering Elk Park Trail
ICON Plant Identification Elk Park Trail
ICON Mountain Biking Elk Park Trail
ICON Viewing Wildlife Elk Park Trail

Related Activities
Barr - Summit Trailhead - The Barr Summit Trailhead serves the Barr Trail as well an entire network of trails on Pikes Peak. It offers a less strenuous hike than that from Manitou Springs.

Barr Camp - Barr Camp is located 7 miles west on the Barr Trail from the Ruxton Trailhead in Manitou Springs. Reservations are necessary during the peak season, Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Barr Trail - The Barr Trailhead in Manitou serves the Pikes Peak summit trail as well an entire network of trails on Pikes Peak. The elevation for this trailhead is 6,720'.

Barr Trail - The Barr Trail climbs the eastern face of Pikes Peak. It has the largest elevation gain of any single trail in Colorado.

Severy Creek Trail - Severy Creek Trail has been closed to protect the Greenback Cutthroat Trout, an endangered species, from whirling disease.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Pike and San Isabel National Forests, 1920 Valley Drive , Pueblo, CO, 81008, Phone: 719-545-8737

Pueblo Chamber of Commerce, 302 North Santa Fe Drive, P.O. Box 697 , Pueblo, CO, 81003, Phone: 800-233-3446, www.pueblochamber.org


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