The Incline Trail

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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.

DISTANCE
3.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2020 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

no dogs

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.

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22 hours ago

First time it was fantastic

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Great day for a hike very busy cloudy day. 80 up 50 down

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2 days ago

I love the challenge and the view but it's not my favorite kind of hike.

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7 days ago

Very tough, but very rewarding.

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9 days ago

lots of comradery on this trail! It took me 89 minutes to reach the Incline summit, with plenty of breaks. Bring lots of water!! it was really difficult on my thighs at times, bit i would love to do it again and beat my time.

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