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This is definitely a great trail. but if you are hiking all the way to the falls it is not moderate. and yes it is longer than stated. beautiful vistas.

Me encantó la experiencia,excelente si lo
recomiendo.

hiking
3 days ago

Trail to mt Cutler is lined with very cool rock formations once you near the top. definitely worth it!

hiking
4 days ago

They aren’t kidding-this is an extreme hike. But it was awesome!!

Great Hike, good variations of climbs,rocks, scenery. A hidden gem .

walking
7 days ago

Lots of people, but worth it because beautiful and unique rock formations. Make the trip if in the area. And it’s free.

Tough hike!! Had to take a lot of breaks!! The accomplishment of getting to the top feels great but I don’t need to do it again!!

Extremely difficult but definitely worth it!

Beautiful hike and great way to start the day. It was a little more difficult about 1/2 way to the top but worth it. We loved walking along the creek - very peaceful!

Felt like such an accomplishment getting to the top. I’m probably average as far as endurance fitness goes and this was a grind, especially half way up when it gets steeper. Had to take a breather every 50 steps near the end there, but I’m glad I didn’t bail out early and kept going to the summit. Took the Barr trail back down and it’s pretty mellow with tons of switchbacks. Some sections are very narrow and people like to run down, so keep an ear open for people running up behind you.

I got to the start around 6:15am and ended up paying the $10 parking because I didn’t know any better, but it was nice having my car close. I’m told there is other parking in manitou and a shuttle that runs to the trailhead every 20 mins. Might try that next time to save money. The parking lot was packed by 8am when I got back down, make sure you go early to beat the heat and crowds.

My only complaint is that some of the steps are washed out between, just gotta be careful on some spots. Very tough hike for me, but worth it!

Gorgeous! And easy with kiddos.

A good short hike, very dog friendly! Went on a Friday afternoon and it was moderately trafficked with kids, dogs, and humans!

The one downfall with this hike is that there is NO way the signs are correct. This hike is way longer than 6-plus miles. You can even see where people wrote the longer distances in pencil on the signs. Besides that, great hike.

Great trail. Well marked. Pretty steep near the top. Dead ends at the falls. Actual falls are average. Give yourself half a day.

Short and sweet then off to the bar for lunch.

Unforgettable and I don’t plan on doing it again. Bring a lot of water and snacks. I started off listening to music but quickly put that away because this climb is all mental if you’re somewhat physically fit.

I did almost zero research before going. Mistake number 1. Then I thought I could do it in 45 minutes. The joke was on me because the sheer incline and rise in elevation took my breath away and I kept having to sit down. I summited after climbing for 2 1/2 hours. Very humbling.

The best thing about the Incline is the positive community spirit as you climb. Everyone was encouraging each other and they clapped as I took the last step.

If you can-do it!

hiking
17 days ago

I wish there was more signage to let the hiker know the distance to the falls. That’s my biggest disappointment in this hike.

The trail itself is nice because you’re walking next to the creek for a good portion of the wooded trail.

I suggest hiking boots for ankle stability if that’s an issue for you. Bring snacks and plenty of water.

Great hike, with a nice payoff at the end. The view of the city and of the falls is outstanding. For a good portion of the trail the sound of rushing water is present as is the sound of birds and the wind in the trees. We spotted a rufous hummingbird and a host of tree swallows. We also heard countless other various birds along the way. But we weren’t there for the birding, so it was simply an added bonus.

It’s a fairly taxing hike for a middle-aged guy in ok shape (me!), but the 20-somethings we encountered along the way seemed to handle it without issue. I wouldn’t bring younger kids—mostly because the elevation change the last half mile could be difficult, and the overall length could be too much handle as well. I’m assuming that’s why, once we left Gold Camp Road at the trailhead, we didn’t run into anyone who appeared to be under the age of 16. I’m certain my 6 & 10 year old wouldn’t have lasted even though they are both extremely active in sports.

Overall, I recommend. Give it a try and see what you think!

A good family trail. First trail with our 4 month old in a front facing carrier and he tolerated one hour of hiking.

Fantastic as always! I’ve hiked the Incline over a dozen times... in all weather conditions. Bring plenty of water, a great attitude, & an adventurous spirit. You’ll have a blast! This is a very challenging hike. Beware of elevation sickness if you’re not used to climbing a mountain this steep (68 degree incline), gaining 2,000 ft of elevation in less than a mile. Otherwise, congratulations on conquering one of the steepest stairs in the world!

Beautiful at sunset

I wish i could give it more stars because we love this place for walking our dogs. It’s nicer in the late winter/ early spring because it gets too crowded in the summer with not many places left to park. It’s also very scenic once you go past the immediate area around the entrance and the lake. The only reason I give it so little stars is because someone we know had their car windows smashed and everything stolen out of it when he was there for roughly an hour during daytime. There were plenty of people around who could have called the police about it or something, but nobody seemed to care at all as it wasn’t their car or stuff... Needless to say, we won’t be going there anytime soon.

hiking
24 days ago

Took this Down after doing the incline.. great views all the way down. Easy trail for a cool down after going all the way up

hiking
25 days ago

The trail is actually in pretty good condition. They just made some improvements. Part of my rating is because I wasn’t ready. I couldn’t finish it and took the bail out trail close to step 1900, about 2/3 to the top. Aside from the level of difficulty, the problem was that I went on a Sunday. There were lots of people hiking and not everyone was polite enough to step to the side of the trail when needing to take a break. I was already exhausted and having to maneuver around people resting just made it worse and quite dangerous. As you pass half of the trail, the steps are pretty steep. If you are fit enough, it is a great trail, providing a wonderful sense of fulfillment once you are done. At least, I imagine it does. If you are not super fit, you might wanna consider a few easier trails before picking this one.

hiking
26 days ago

This was very challenging with a beautiful view! Make sure to bring a source of water, preferably 1 liter or larger! My first time going up took about an 1hr& a half! I’m moderately in shape!! Can be dangerous going down if not paying close attention. Some steps need to be refurbished! Awesome scenery and definitely felt all
Muscles in my legs burn!!

hiking
26 days ago

This is a very challenging hike. I could not go all the way up to the top. Pack water and sunscreen because you are in the sun for so much of the hike. Might be better in the fall. I’d rather come back when its colder outside.

Beautiful views. Brought my 6 and 8 year olds and they did great. There are 4 or 5 narrow spots with steep drop offs, but as long as your kids listen and follow directions they will be fine. But, if you have kids that tend to run ahead or don’t listen well, then you might want to skip this one. Mostly uncovered sunny trail but areas of shade to find a spot to take a break if needed.

hiking
27 days ago

Slow and steady, as the incline is a workout climb! My husband and I got there around 6:30a for easier parking ($), fewer people, and cooler temps. It took us an about an hour to get to the top with brief stops to admire the view behind us. There is an "exit" (Barr trail) about 2/3 up, but keep climbing! Awesome challenge; so exhilarating! I felt accomplished as I reached the top!! The Barr trail down was pretty easy -- going downhill -- many people were running it.

28 days ago

No one is ever on this trail! So serene. My favorite is to take the connector to hurricane cyn and go down the incline.

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