Projects on Barr Trail

With help from the Pikes Peak Cog Railway and the Pikes Peak Marathon, we'll be working on areas of Barr Trail that are usually hard to reach.  The Cog will take volunteers and tools up and down for several projects, stopping at Mountain View, where it's a 1.5 mile walk to Barr Trail.  For race preparation, and set up, the Marathon leases a couple of rugged trucks that can navigate Longs Ranch Road.  They've offered to take volunteers and tools up and down for projects in the two weeks before the races. 

Saturday, May 30, 2015, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
A great project and a great way to travel to it.  The Pikes Peak Cog Railway is saving space for 10 volunteers in the 8 a.m. train.  Meet at the Cog station at 7:30 a.m.  The group will ride up and unload at Mountain View, then walk over to Barr Camp.  We'll improve drainage and repair damage on the trail near Barr Camp.  The Cog will pick up the volunteers on the train passing Mountain View at 3:55.

Thursday, August 6, 2015, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
The focus of this project is to repair the inevitable storm damage that Barr Trail suffers during the summer.  We'll assess which part of the trail to work on based on where it is most needed.

Saturday, August 8, and Sunday, August 9, 2015
The Pikes Peak Marathon will take volunteers, tools, and gear up Longs Ranch Road over to Barr Trail on Saturday morning.  Volunteers can camp in the area Saturday night, but must provide their own camping gear and food.  Anyone who wants to volunteer just one day is welcome on Saturday, but will need to hike down Barr Trail about 3 miles (although it is down).
Meet at the east end of Memorial Park in Manitou Springs, near Tajine Alami parking lot, at 7:20 a.m. Saturday.  We'll return about 4 p.m. Sunday.
The focus for this project is to remove slip and trip hazards for the runners in the upcoming Ascent and Marathon.  So we'll be removing exposed roots and rocks sticking up on the trail and other hazards.  We might do some other trail work while we're there. 

Thursday, August 13, 2015, 7:20 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
The Pikes Peak Marathon will take volunteers, tools, and gear up Longs Ranch Road over to Barr Trail.
Meet at 7:20 a.m.  We'll return about 2 p.m.
The focus for this project is to remove slip and trip hazards for the runners in the upcoming Ascent and Marathon.  So we'll be removing exposed roots and rocks sticking up on the trail and other hazards.  We might do some other trail work while we're there.

Thursday, August 27, 2015
The Pikes Peak Cog Railway has seats for 8 volunteers on the train.  The group will ride up and unload at Mountain View, then walk over to Barr Camp.  We'll improve drainage and repair damage on the trail near Barr Camp.  The Cog will pick up the volunteers on the train passing Mountain View.

Saturday, September 12, and Sunday, September 13, 2015
Not your average Barr Trail project, with support from the Cog Railway and Barr Camp.  This is our annual project with our friends from AdAmAn, but everyone is welcome.  The Pikes Peak Cog Railway has reserved seats for 15 volunteers.  The group will ride up Saturday morning and unload at Mountain View, then walk over to Barr Camp.  We'll improve drainage and repair damage on the trail near Barr Camp.  Then Barr Camp will provide Saturday dinner and Sunday breakfast (at a 50% discount to Friends of the Peak, with Friends of the Peak picking up the remaining tab for volunteers).  Volunteers can camp near Barr Camp, but need to bring their own camping gear.  We'll work to improve Barr Trail again on Sunday.  Then the Cog will pick up the volunteers on the train passing Mountain View Sunday afternoon. 

Saturday, September 19, 2015, 8:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
We'll reseat fence posts that are very loose or, in some cases, completely out of the ground, and replace rotted posts as needed in the fencing along Barr Trail.  The area that most needs work on fence posts is about 1 to 1¼ miles up the trail.  We'll walk up from the trailhead to there.
Meet at the Barr trailhead.  The closest free parking is by Memorial Park in Manitou.

The free Manitou shuttle should be running for all the Barr Trail projects except September 19.  When the shuttle is running, volunteers can park in the free lot behind Tajine Alami, on Old Mans Trail on the east side of Memorial Park in Manitou Springs, then catch the shuttle on the other side of Old Mans Trail and ride to the stop up Ruxton at Iron Spring Chateau, just below the Cog station.

As for most trail projects, bring water, lunch, snacks, work gloves, sunscreen, sturdy footwear, rain gear, clothing layers, and anything else you would commonly bring on a hike.