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.
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.
Lots of people but awesome workout with beautiful views.
I love this hike. made it up several times, and then I take Barr trail back down. a few missing railroad ties and some dangerous spots near the top but overall well worth the hike. Especially in the morning when you are literally on top of the clouds. Very beautiful.
Wow, this was fun and challenging. I'm not out of shape, and I live at 11,000', but I still found myself sucking wind on the ascent. The descent was a nice run. If I had any negative comments, it would be the crowds. However, It was comical listening to the extraordinary amount of F-bombs people were dropping.
Being a Colorado Native. I love the incline and so dose everyone else so get there early in the morning otherwise its packed and at such a vertical incline you will be guaranteed to have someones rear in your face the entire way up.
Difficult for people both in-shape and out-of. Took about 45 minutes going up, with a few breaks. Way worth it for the view at the top, and definitely take the Barr trail back down
Awesome way to stay in shape even if you eat Ice Cream....
WOW!!! What an achievement you feel completing this hike. We started at 630am quite a lot hikers during the whole hike. We met some really nice people that kept you motivated to keep going. Definitely bucket list hike. It took us round trip 3 1/2 hours going up the incline and down Barr Trail.
First time: 85 min.
Second time: 52 min.
Third time: TBD!!