A good test of strength, stamina and most of all one's grit. After the ascent I felt that most everyone with average health can do this; if you are not trying to set a record. I set out at 6:30am from the base. There were already many people there, some even running up and others down! You have to pay $5 for the car parking. Glad I started early because the 7am sun sure felt a lot hotter up there with all that body heat.
Carry any cereal/granola bars and enough water. Take at least 1 to 1.5 liter of water if you are new to Colorado and not used to the dry air and altitude. You will need it. Sip it regularly along the way. Don't forget to stop and rest for a couple of minutes many times during the ascent. Travel light...very light. The steps are not all equal but they are very manageable if you take your time. Do not let those overtaking you depress you. At some point it's between you and yourself. However, if you are in a really really bad shape half way, there is an exit to bail out and hike back down Barr Trail. Enjoy the views from wherever you are.
The view is magnificent from the top. That alone makes the pain worthwhile. To come down you can either walk or jog down the Barr Trail. Some people do walk back down the Incline, but that's surely not for beginners.
The trail is in general very good condition, except for some broken large iron pipes on the way at a couple of places (see pic). Also do not trip on the steel stakes at a few places. They are no danger if you are little careful. Take your time, listen to your body, take care of it and you will be rewarded with a good feeling of achievement.
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