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.
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.
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.
Love it. Hard. But amazing.
Amazing views! Very hard, all stairs
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.
2000 feet straight up. Great leg workout!
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!
Good challenge. Sore calves
Whipped my tail, but totally worth it!