This was a bit difficult for me only being at this elevation for less than 24 hours but the hike was well worth it. My 14 year old son had no trouble at all. Very light traffic which was very nice, however, we ran into some very nice people along the way. Just the right distance for me to some beautiful views!!

hiking
1 month ago

we completed this hike on a sunny Earth Day Sunday! I am currently living in Maine, so am adjusting to the altitude but it was the perfect afternoon hike for this Mainer! Slow grades uphill with super rewarding views. Side note - my sister got engaged on this mountain and it was perfect - we only saw a few people during our hike on a gorgeous day, and we had perfect views of Garden of the Gods and Pike's Peak and well as the incline and Colorado Springs. We also brought out 70 year old father with us and he was able to complete the hike as well. We brought LOTS of water to adjust to the altitude.

hiking
2 months ago

I park at the Incline Parking ( 10 Old Man’s Trail) in Manitou and walked to the trail head on Ruxton. There are other options, such as more of a loop walk, first picking up the Paul Intemann trail on Pawnee Ave (where library is) from the east and then returning via Ruxton. When you reach Ruxton, you might want to check out the mineral springs there (near where the trail starts on Ruxton). I like to walk from Ruxton back to my car to grab a coffee or treat in Manitou Springs (the town has many great tea/coffee shops and restaurants). The hike up Red Mountain has some steeper sections with loose scree (so recommend poles) as you near the top but the walk is beautiful. Views are awesome from the summit where you can see the Incline and Pikes Peak looking west. Recommend care on/near the summit as there is loose scree and I personally wouldn't want to go "sledding" down that mountain as Emma Crawford did!

Great trail. Hiked on 2/2/18 - no snow on the trail. There are a couple of smaller trails that intersect - remember this is a mainly switchback trail. There are three places in particular that go either left, right or straight - go left up the switchback on all three.

Trail needs to be marked better. Easy to veer off

This trail is rated moderate but it's difficult. Pretty steep Uphill almost the entire way. Views aren't great along the way but I bet getting to the top would be worthwhile. I just never got there because about half a mile to the top the two isn't marked and there are two possible ways you can go. I took the wrong way. This trail is good because there aren't that many people.

Thanks Paul Intemann!

Definitely not easy. Too many inclines. Several very steep. Beautiful walk though.

We park in Maintou and walk up Ruxton until we get to Spring street to the left (east), before the cog railway parking. This trail is connected to others worth exploring. The history of this trail and mountain, as well as the views you get from each part of the trail make this a favorite for an afternoon hike.

hiking
7 months ago

Great easy hike. We did a Haunted Hike to the Crystal Valley Cemetery with the UpaDowna adventure club.

backpacking
8 months ago

My first mountain to climb. Loved it, went off on some side trail towards the end of my assent. Way more difficult than if I just climbed going around via the 'original' more traveled trail. Where I went 'wrong', was I stayed to the left more than the right!

Park at memorial park and take the shuttle, we walked back to MP so we could walk Manitou

Beautiful wild flowers and views.

9 months ago

Great Views!

Didn't actually get to hike the trail, as usual it was impossible to (even on a weekday) find paid parking on the street during the summer and no parking is allowed at the trailhead. I think it was right next to the Cog Railway so will have to try again either very early in the day or just wait for all of the tourists to leave during the summer season. UPDATE 11/4/17: Got to actually do this trail today. Parked in the free lot in Manitou off of Old Man's Trail and took the free shuttle to the Cog Railway/Incline stop. A quick easy trail with some slight inclines and nice views of Manitou Springs. We decided to take the neighborhood streets back to the parking lot which was a nice way to see some of the cute houses in Manitou. I would assume once the Incline trail opens up again it might be hard to find parking...

OK, but lots of people going down from the Incline. Beautiful views over to Cameron's Cone, and Gog & Magog Rocks!

Park at the incline shuttle lot and ride up. Especially on the weekend.

The hike took us one hour to the summit. We walked, we jogged, we caught our breath.

There's a nice view of the incline. The hike is a mix of shade and sun so you won't burn up. Some loose gravel on the trail. For being a short hike it's a good challenge.

Easy, great views of Manitou, the Incline, Garden on the Gods, and Colorado Springs from the overlook at the top of the trail. Access to moderate trail to the summit of Red Mountain from this trail. Worth it.

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Loved this trail. Being a flat lander this trail seemed hard so to the change in altitude. Great views and very peaceful.

hiking
Monday, June 05, 2017

Parking is a pain in the neck, but if you take the free shuttle to the TH, it shouldn't be too bad.

The views from the top are fantastic!

hiking
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

Nice incline to make you work hard. Great view at the top. Try to avoid parking directly near the trail head, parking costs are $10 an hour.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Locals favorite

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

As someone who is hiking for both entertainment and exercise, this is a perfect hike. It's a fairly steep incline once you get to the base of Red Mountain. It's tiring, but not the worst. The views are worth it.

Note, All Trails directs you to park at a trail head off Spring St. You're not allowed to park here anymore and will get towed. Parking along Ruxton is paid parking/for residents. I recommend using the free parking and Incline shuttle since the trail heads aren't too far apart.

hiking
Monday, February 27, 2017

Walked down 4 miles of this trail from the false summit of the incline late April 2016. Beautiful wintery walk. The scenery is spectacular. It was snowing but hike down was easy breezy compared to incline on way up.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

great views. need microspikes during winter.

hiking
Monday, November 21, 2016

We hiked this first try to challenged ourselves and gauge how much work we have left before we attempt to hike all of pikes peak. We have a lot of work to do!! So much fun and very beautiful. Parking is $20 and frustrating though.

hiking
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Great trail ❤ challenging and beautiful peaceful view. definitely a regular visit to this one ❤

Monday, November 07, 2016

Don't plan to hike here if you have to park. Nearest parking is $5 an hour.

hiking
Wednesday, November 02, 2016

Great mountain hike for beginners to higher elevation. Views of Pikes peak and manitou springs from the top.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Nice trail, scarcely used. Great alternative to crowded nearby trails.

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