AdventuresMountain Running

Pikes Peak Backslap

Distance – 40.4 mi
Vertical Gain – 11,630 ft

Pikes Peak is a 14k peak towering over the City of Manitou Springs and the surrounding area. It serves as a training ground for elite trail runners, alpinists, and outdoor enthusiasts and is home to the third oldest marathon and first to allow women to compete in America, the Pikes Peak Marathon. The Pikes Peak Backslap combines the two popular trade routes up, and down, Pikes Peak (14,110′); the Barr Trail and Crags Trail. Together, these two trails unite to birth the Pikes Peak Backslap!

  • Start at the traditional Pikes Peak Marathon (PPM) Start (Manitou Springs City Hall and Memorial Park)
  • Ascend Pikes Peak by Barr Tail, entering from PPM Runner’s gate
  • Summit Pikes Peak, tag summit sign (13.5mi, +7370′)
  • Descend Crags Trail to Crags TH (6.7 mi, -4260′)
  • Ascend Crags Trail to Pikes Peak Summit, tag summit sign (6.7 mi, +4260′)
  • Descend Pikes Peak by Barr Trail, exiting through the PPM Runner’s gate
  • Finish where you started at the traditional PPM Start (13.5mi, -7370′)
Total distance: 39.38 mi
Max elevation: 14111 ft
Min elevation: 6323 ft
Download file: Pikes_Peak_Backslap.gpx

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