The Incline Trail

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The Incline Trail is a 4.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Manitou Springs, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until October.

4.3 miles 1965 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

The trail is the remains of a cog railway that went to the top of Manitou Mountain. The trail gains about 2000 feet of elevation in about a mile. Imagine climbing a rough uneven set of stairs that's a mile long. There is a bail out about half way up that will put you on barr trail. Beware of the false summit just past the bail out. Once you're at the top you can hike back down the incline, or turn south and hike or run back down barr trail. The view from the top over Colorado Springs is worth the effort. This is a great trail for training and it is what most people use it for. As of right now it is illegal to hike the incline, it's private property and hiking it is considered trespassing. Of course, this doesn't stop hundreds of people from doing it every week, but hike at your own risk.


2 days ago

incline closed from Aug 20th to Dec 2nd:(


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2 days ago

hiking


8 days ago

hiking

Great workout


8 days ago

hiking

curse you false summit!


9 days ago


10 days ago

trail running

a classic to do


10 days ago


10 days ago

hiking

imagine climbing a ladder without hand grips. Not for the average hiker.


11 days ago

hiking

Brutal hike up the incline but so worth the feeling you get when you make it to the top. The hike down Barr trail is very nice with shady areas. Lots of friendly people and can be crowded throughout the day.


11 days ago

hiking


13 days ago

hiking

This is a good cardio workout.

I would go early because there is no shade and parking fills up fast. The city is really active about giving parking tickets too, so make sure you're legally parked.


13 days ago

hiking

Definitely a lung and leg burner for the first day after you come from Texas and are getting used to the altitude, lol! My 12 year-old daughter rocked this baby with me in in less than an hour! The 'false peak' is a bit brutal, but followed by roughly 250 steps and BOOM, you're done! Great workout and well worth the 'must do' but make sure you do the cog train to pikes peak as well as they are in the same place. We took the Barr trail down and had a great downhill hike. Happy Trails!


13 days ago

hiking

The incline was pretty easy. I ran up and down it in less than an hour.


14 days ago

hiking

Great mental and physical challenge. About 1 mile up and 4 miles down via switchbacks. I like to hike this without the backpack. I only carry 32oz water bottle which is more than sufficient. Parking is limited near the TH. We parked at Chase bank in town and hopped on free shuttle.


15 days ago

hiking

I loved every minute of it. From the scenery to the great workout it gives you. Definitely a must try!!


16 days ago

hiking

One hell of a workout but the feeling of accomplishment at the top is well worth it


16 days ago


16 days ago

hiking

Too busy and commercial now, but an amazing workout everyone should do if you live around COS. The trail down seems to take forever!


16 days ago

one hell of a workout