Update 9/1/2020 – Detour has been extended through at least 09/30/2020.
Update 7/27/2020 – The temporary alternate route from the end of Barr Trail to the summit of Pikes Peak will remain in effect until Aug. 31 due to construction delays on the installation of the new permatrak walkway for the new Summit Visitor Center. The alternate route takes hikers down the Cog Railway track bed to the 19-mile point where hikers then access the Pikes Peak Highway to hike up the shoulder of the road to the summit. Signs are posted at the base of Barr Trail, at Barr Camp, and at the detour point. Hikers should exercise extreme caution while hiking on the shoulder of the highway due to vehicular traffic, and, as always, be prepared for quickly changing weather conditions. All visitors and guests should also be aware that the summit may not be accessible to personal vehicles depending on weather and construction activity. Plan ahead and call 719-385-7784 for current conditions.
Pikes Peak Update 5/20/2020
Due to construction of the new Summit Visitor Center, Barr Trail has a detour to reach the summit, effective May 16-July 31. The alternate route will take hikers from the end of Barr Trail, down the Cog Railway track bed 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 adds approximately a mile. Signs will be posted at the base of Barr Trail, at Barr Camp (which is temporarily closed due to COVID-19), and at the detour point. Get more info at coloradosprings.gov or call 719-385-7784.