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.

1 day 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.

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.

Great hike!

8 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!

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.

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

on The Incline Trail

26 days ago


27 days ago

Great hike, great workout. View at the top is worth it. Took our group around an hour to get to the top of the stairs and another hour and twenty minutes to hike back down Barr trail.

best starter hike in colorado

Mentally and physically challenging!! Don’t give up, best reward is to get to the top!

I went at the beginning of October. There was little traffic and the weather was very cooperative. Lots of amazing views!

Absolutely beautiful drive with stunning views, especially at the top. I drove with my windows down and was disappointed in the smell from all the car fumes.Alot of traffic so go during the week and early.

1 month ago

Don’t give up! It is the best feeling ever when you get to the top❤️

Love this hike!!

I've tried to do this before, but could never find it. With more details I was able to. It was pretty good though it's a bit of a pain to get up to the bed. The point the map suggests requires a 1/2 mile walk along the (VERY NARROW) should of Highway 24. I, instead, scrambled straight up from the parking lot. That was a bit challenging, but I was more afraid of the highway than the loose scree. The tunnels were interesting and some nice views around Manitou.

So much fun!!!

If you aren't used to the altitude or a high cardio work out, this is a ass-kicker.

1 month ago

Great workout, lots of people doing the incline today, young and old. Positive vibes all around!

Your heart rate will skyrocket as soon as you start. It's a sufferfest, but I love it every time. Be sure to plan out when you go. It can get really crowded. Be sure to have enough water too. The views from the top are totally worth the effort. Type 2 fun at its best.

Love this hike. Saw my first chipmunk here. Made it up in 45 minutes with one safety meeting on the way up. Two more at the top then ran down barr trail. 1.5 hours total.

accessed the trail from the pull off on Hwy 24. Tough scramble from there to the railroad bed. nice hike along the bed but tons of vehicle noise from Hwy 24 below, hard to even talk over it sometimes. Tunnels were littered with trash, very disappointing. not worth the effort.

What an awesome trail. It took us an hour and 50 minutes to get to the top (took plenty of breaks) and then another hour to get down the switchback trail. I would suggest parking at 10 Old Mans Trail and taking the shuttle up to the stairs. You save $10 and the lot at the top that charges $10 was full by 7am when we arrived. Also bring money if you want to purchase some fresh lemonade or something at the shop!

Intense. Rewarding. Everything I was told it would be and then some. As an avid Coloradan hiker, this hike certainly tested me. But it’s doable for most. Take as many rests as you need and treat step 1800 as a long breakpoint. I made it up in about an hour and down the switchback trail another hour after that. What a hike!

2 months ago

I did this hike yesterday. It's fun to see all ages and fitness levels. When you pause to catch your breath you'll meet people from all over - most were doing this hike for the first time. I made the mistake of only taking about 16 oz of water with me. The only thing keeping me going was pure determination and a nice cool breeze that swept through every five minutes or so.

Being an avid hiker from East Tennessee, there was no hope for me. I completed the incline on my first day in Colorado, but my lungs paid dearly for it since I was not used to the elevation. I strongly suggest that you buy the "I completed the incline" sticker at the gift shop before hand and use that as motivation to get to the top. Overall once you make it to the top, the view is worth it as well as the sense of cheating death and accomplishment. Pack water, food, needle cheast decompressor and a good camera to document your humility.

fun trail, you'll get your cardio in!

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