The Incline Trail [CLOSED]

HARD 1,003 reviews

The Incline Trail [CLOSED] 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

closed

no shade

no dogs

Closed for repairs until December, 2017. 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.

trail running
19 days ago

Is the incline currently open? 26 OCT 2017.

22 days ago

HARD! For those not used to the altitude, this hike is difficult!

23 days ago

25 days ago

27 days ago

I’ve done this trail twice. Not so much fun going up, but a definite sense of accomplishment at the top. And gorgeous views on the way down!

30 days ago

I thought the incline closed. Did it reopen?

hiking
1 month ago

Start early, there is no shade and the temperature gets high quickly. Hydrate!

1 month ago

The incline part of the trail is physically challenging if you keep a good pace. The down side is so beautiful with a lot of great photo ops.

1 month ago

1 month ago

INCLINE CLOSED!!! Drove from AZ to hike it but no worries, we did The Barr Trail instead and it was a great workout. Now off for a craft beer.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike last year with my hubby and it was awesome! Great workout and views! My thighs were definitely sore the next day! ;-)

hiking
1 month ago

Super exciting beautiful views. Had to work up to completing 1st time made it half way 2nd time made it all the way. So worth it. just take your time and pace yourself. Be aware of the cost of parking around the incline... rather pricey in my opinion. There was a lot that was free that I learned about after I had paid to park. Srry can't remeber the name.

hiking
2 months ago

Not sure of the duration, but Incline Trail is closed for maintenance as of Sept 16. It looked like a pretty extensive project (replacing some of the ties/steps, so recommend checking if you plan on trying it anytime prior to Oct 1. There are no signs in the parking lot, so make sure you check before you cough up the $40.

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

You must pace yourself, especially when you are 70

hiking
2 months ago

Sorry folks, Wally World is closed for cleaning and repairs.

hiking
2 months ago

This trial is extremely difficult, although it's short it's straight up hill and very steep! The trail is basically an old railroad track so you are climbing up railroad ties the whole time (imagine a stair stepper in steroids). There is a FALSE SUMMIT. So don't let that hurt your morale. The view is amazing at the top. I recommend taking the Barr trail down, although it's longer, it's much safer than trying to get down the stairs especially with the heavy crowds. Btw - it's almost always crowded,
but it's a must do! You'll be glad you did! Anyone easily prone to altitude sickness it's probably not the best choice! Take lots of water, like MORE than ONE water bottle! SERIOUSLY!

I've done it multiple times and would do it again.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

Steep and hard. Crowded most of the time. Terrible parking. All that said, glad I did it (twice). Took Barr down as you should too.

2 months ago