This destination is perfect, if you love hiking.
In 2013, Colorado’s Manitou Incline was legalized for hiking. Even though it is a mile long, it is very steep, with 2 744 steps. But actually that’s some cardio fun. The effort is definitely worth it!
The Incline Friends’ website reported that “It is known as one of the most popular and challenging hikes in the Colorado Springs area. It is famous for its sweeping views and steep grade, as steep as 68% in places with an average grade just over 40%, making it a fitness challenge for locals in the Colorado Springs area.
The incline gains over 2,000 feet (610 m) of elevation in less than one mile, to a height of about 8,600′. It can be completed by Olympic athletes in around 20 minutes, but it can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on your fitness level.”
People reach ‘False Summit’ first thinking that’s it. But, there are 300 more feet to go. Finally, they get to enjoy the breathtaking views, such as the Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs.
The remains of a cable train, made in 1907 to transport people and materials to the top of Pike’s Peak, for the hydroelectric plant‘s construction is the Manitou Incline’s steps. It was bought by Dr. Newton M Brumback after the project had finished, and made it a fantastic tourist attraction.
Then, it was bought by Spencer Penrose who rebuilt the station in 1923. As it was too expensive to maintain the Railway stopped working in 1990. The railroad ties stayed, and created the natural stairway.
You first have to read all of the regulations and requirements, check the weather, buy the appropriate gear, make sure you adjust to the altitude of the Colorado Springs, and take plenty of energy snacks and water if you decide to go to this heart-pounding trail. The trip back follows Barr Trail, another path.
This advanced hike isn’t available right now due to the situation of Covid-19. It is open every day from 06:00am-08:00pm from 01.04 to 31.10, and 06:00am-06:00pm from 01.11 to 31.03 in normal conditions. The hike is free, but the parking costs $10. It takes 2-4 hours to complete the journey. It’s recommended for advanced hikers and physically active people. You cannot take pets there.
The height doesn’t matter; the feeling of conquering these endless steps makes all the work worth it.