The Incline Trail

HARD 563 reviews

The Incline Trail is a 3.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Manitou Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

3.6 miles 2020 feet Loop

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.

hiking
52 minutes ago

Hard, hard, hard but always beautiful. Everyone should do this at least once. Wear your best hiking shoes and you absolutely NEED water. Take your time and I suggest the Barr trail on your way back down.

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1 day ago

Love it. Hard. But amazing.

hiking
3 days ago

Amazing views! Very hard, all stairs

trail running
3 days ago

One of the best adventures in trail running. A huge degree of difficulty if you push yourself, scrambling to the top, exhausted, and then an awesome coast down Barr trail.

7 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

2000 feet straight up. Great leg workout!

hiking
8 days ago

8 days ago

Loved it!

hiking
9 days ago

My husband and I did this hike before we actually lived in the Springs and it about killed me! Hah! Amazing views at the top and the Barr trail is gorgeous on the way down! It's a killer leg workout and I highly recommend it!

9 days ago

Good challenge. Sore calves

10 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

Whipped my tail, but totally worth it!

hiking
15 days ago