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Barr Trail detour to summit extended through August due to construction delays

Posted at 10:34 AM, May 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-24 15:32:01-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — A temporary alternate route from the end of Barr Trail to the summit of Pikes Peak has been extended through the end of August due to construction delays.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service along with Pikes Peak approved the alternate route originally through July 31.

The alternate route takes hikers from the end of Barr Trail, down the Cog Railway trackbed to the 19-mile point where hikers will access the Pikes Peak Highway and then hike up the shoulder of the road to the summit. Detour signs will be posted at the base of Barr Trail, at Barr Camp (temporarily closed due to COVID-19), and at the detour point.

Hikers should exercise extreme caution while hiking on the shoulder of the highway due to vehicle traffic. As always, be prepared for quickly changing weather conditions. The summit can still be reached as normal by Crags Trail.

All visitors and guests should also be aware that the summit may not be accessible to personal vehicles depending on weather and construction activity. For more information regarding current conditions, call 719-385-7784.