Pictured is a lower segment of Barr Trail, the route to Pike’s Peak. It is over 12 miles long and gains 7,300 feet to the summit.
Plans hit a snag, and I arrived quite late, about 1:00 PM instead of the wee morning hours. There were also wildfires to the NW of Colorado Springs, with some related traffic along the interstate, however, the smoke wasn’t too bad.
Ran 5.64 miles in Merrell Barefoots and turned around as thunder clouds converged over Pike’s peak and the trail ahead. Here’s a link to a short clip (which may be “unavailable” for a short time as I’ve just set-up the account):
Will return one early morning soon to gain Barr Camp halfway up and the goal of a 14 miler. Debating whether to use the Barefoots the whole way or put on a different trail runner. There are not that many boulders to step up on this trail and the Merrells excel at that. Trails were well built with mostly crushed granite, dirt, occasional stairs and boulders.