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Just amazing! This trail kicked my tail, if it’s during the snow months bring micro spikes. There was a lot of ice making for an adventurous trip back down. The views and scenery breathtaking.

hiking
23 hours ago

Really enjoyed that this was a quiet trail- the downside is that most of the big views you are afforded are because of a power line that cuts through the landscape:/ Always a good day for a hike... but the quietness of this trail is probably the main reason I would have in coming back.

Attempted to hike this trail, however about one mile into the trail where you will be doing a lot of rock climbing the trail was very slick/icy. Since I didn't have my micro spikes had to turn around. Highly recommend crampons or micro spikes due to most of the trail is tree covered and the ice/snow will be there for awhile.

AllTrails does not have a way to communicate with other outdoor enthusiast, I can be reached on Facebook Messenger if you have any questions about this trail.

Until the alternate descent trail is complete, I’m going to give this 2 stars (that’s generous) because of its disregard and degradation of a much more important and fragile trail- Barr Trail. The Incline was agreed to not infringe on or compromise other trails, yet clearly, clearly, it does.

If you’re physically capable of descending the Incline, I say do so. Some people have sited that descending puts some sort of huge amount of stress on the rail-ties/steps... well, big deal. It’s better than putting the stress on Barr Trail, which is a much more natural trail and therefore not as straightforward to maintain as the Incline is. It deserves much more respect and preservation than it’s been getting lately.

It’s winter now and we just got some significant ice so better bring your traction devices...

I understand that for safety’s sake (and for fear of being a bad lawless hiker) some hikers will choose to descend on Barr Trail. At least yield to those coming up Barr Trail who are there for Barr Trail alone. You really shouldn’t be part of a crowd coming off the Incline, degrading the Barr Trail... just saying. Maybe just stay on the Incline or wait for the new trail to open and hike something else for now... there are many great options. And definitely don’t be barreling down on Barr Trail travelers, with your speaker-backpack blaring 3 doors down. That is actually not cool.

Open, lots of snow and a little ice. Wife and I just did this as our 2nd hike ever (just moved from SC) rookies don’t shy away it’s an easy path (basically a service road). Picturesque views, have fun

This incline will test your cardio! I moved here a week ago from Florida and the elevation was ruthless for me. Made it to the top in 50 minutes and the view was immaculate. I highly recommend spikes for your boots this time of year, it was slippery at certain points on the stairs up and the same in the trail down. 10/10 would hike again.

hiking
4 days ago

Snow and ice on the incline, but still very doable. I would've liked my yaktraks on the way down the Barr trail. It took me 1 hr 26 minutes to make it to the top and less than an hour down the Barr trail. I've been in Colorado for about a month - the altitude was the biggest challenge.

Pretty trail through pine forest.

We did a beautiful snowy walk up to Dewy’s Hill with some friends and all the kids. It was pretty with the gentle snowfall, the kids loved it. Nice winter walk!

hiking
10 days ago

WHAT A WORKOUT!!! Per the placard: 2768 steps, 2K elevation gain and .88 miles.

I am definitely out of shape and completed this in 53 minutes including a plethora of of water and quick bite breaks; after the 1800 mark I did a break every 200 steps until the 2500 mark.

There was some snow and a bit of ice on the left hand side of the stair (while going up) but nothing that made for trouble with just my vans outdoor shoes.

10 days ago

Great hike!

hiking
11 days ago

I hiked this on 11/2/18 starting out at 10:30 and made it to the top in about one hour. I am an avid hiker and have hiked several 14ers here in CO. This hike was definitely an ass kicker even for someone that works out almost daily! Take plenty of water and be prepared for snow and ice this time of year. It’s really slippery and muddy heading down!

I agree with previous post. The trail is icy; poles and crampons recommended. Two days ago I left a blue dog leash on top near a bush. If anyone finds it, I would really appreciate it if you left it at the Academy Visitor’s Center at the base of the trail. Great hike!

Trail is indeed open and lovely!

The Dawson Butte Trail is relatively flat and well marked. It runs through pine forests and more open spaces with meadow and mountain views. A sign at the trailhead warns mountain lions are active in the area, but we didn't see any trace of them. It seems to be a popular horse trail, so watch your step!

awesome challenging hike! but take it slow if you're going in the next few days. the packed snow on the trail has made for some very slick, treacherous areas. hiking poles are highly recommended.

Loved the hike and the variety of scenery. With the recent snow, the trail was a bit muddy in places,, but completely hikeable in tennis shoes.

This trail was fantastic but we went the day after it snowed and as the steps narrowed and got higher in between each step, the ice was thicker. It was still amazing but would absolutely think twice about hiking when icy.

It is a great hike. Can't wait to do it again on the next trip out.

Very hard on the way up. Not sure if I’d suggest running down the trail. It’s fairly steep at some points.

Good hike. Very flat with good scenery. The only drawback is the sandy trails in some parts and the frequent piles of horse poop on the trail.

hiking
23 days ago

It was awesome! But - keep your AllTrails app open the whole hike up - you can easily get off the trail, like others said, hiking poles would help, loose gravel but totally manageable. I started at 9am on a Sunday and there were a few spots left in the lot - there were some small streams for the pups too!

First hike in about six years but it was totally excellent. Weather at the peak was about 40 degrees F and a bit windy. The rock outcropping for the final .3ish to the top is tough but not impossible. If you’re not a hiker like me, take it slow and enjoy the journey.

Great hike! I will be back for the incline and continue to pikes peak and back.

Open today! Lots of people hiking. Gorgeous as always.

Easy trail with shade and nice views. Considerable traffic noise along Tomah road but lessens on the north side of the loop. Lots of horses to keep you company. Would be a great family outing.

Anyone know if it’s still closed?

Decent trail but you have to hike 3/4 of a mile up the road to get to the trailhead and the lake at the end is full of people who just got in their car and drove there.

on The Incline Trail

29 days ago

Intense.

Not crowded, beautiful views (must have been even better with fall colors a week or two earlier). Very easy. We enjoyed it . Only con is the noise from highway 83. It’s not loud, but still a bit too bad. Want to come back in the spring when it’s all green.

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