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The Incline Trail and the Barr Trail [CLOSED]

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Manitou Springs, Colorado

The Incline Trail and the Barr Trail is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Manitou Springs, Colorado that features a great forest setting and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running.

Length 4.2 mi Elevation gain 2,122 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Running

Forest

Views

Closed

No dogs

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Please note: Users have reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

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Reviews (320)
Photos (982)
Recordings (173)
Completed (1229)
Mabi de Galvez
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Hiking

This one is hard! My mistake was to do it at noon. I got a heatstroke. Luckily, after spraying water on my head, I could recover. Go early in the morning if the killing sun is not your friend.

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Tom B.
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Hiking

Hiked this in July 2019 with my daughters. Being from Ohio, the altitude and climb itself took it out of me. But what a great place to view the city and surrounding area. Would definitely do again, if given the chance. Colorado is an awesome state if you enjoy the outdoors.

Eric Klebs
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Closed for Coronavirus :(

Gabriella Kearns
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Hiking

Super fun hike, many stairs! Started off with the steps covered in snow, but melted as we got higher/as the day went on. View from the top is beautiful and the switchbacks are a nice way to end the hike with views the whole way down.

Scotty Sumner
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absolutely beautiful trail with the snow. I do this a few times a week. great training

Josh Holzinger
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Hiking

The Incline was one of the hardest smallest hikes I have ever been on but the view and the feeling you get from the top makes it worth it. The hike down Bars Trail was relatively easy but an absolutely beautiful hike.

cherry williamson
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Hiking

exciting hike back to the bottom from the incline

Gabriel Mannella
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Hiking

Great workout!

Wade Denniston
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Sam Konrath
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Andy Beaire
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Hiking

Love Love Love this trail!!! Fun , hard, ran the trail back down to our car

Carroll D
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Hiking

What a fun trail! And, of course, then you have the distinction of being able to actually say you did it. Great workout, beautiful views.

KC Campbell
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Hiking

Challenging uphill hike, but always a lot of people on the trail. Take the extra mile loop at the top for beautiful views of Pikes Peak!

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Bryan .
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Hiking

Great hike and you can complete in a few hours. You can start anytime and parking is 10 dollars. Bring water and enjoy the views.

Alecia Phillips
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Barr Trail is great for trail running. We hiked up Incline and ran down Barr back to the bottom.

Rachel Zerby
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Hiking

I took my 13 year old and three of his friends to Colorado for his birthday. We decided to attempt this hike...no problem! They still had plenty of energy to run down the mountain, although it took us close to an hour to hike up!

John W
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Emily Schulte
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Hiking

Tough hike but feels good to have accomplished it. It took me about 50 mins to climb to the top and I hike fairly regularly. The Barr trail down is good for trail running. It started sprinkling as I got to the top and most of the way down which ended up creating a beautiful rainbow.

Lauren Janee
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Hiking

Very challenging but how great it feels to take that last step. Slow and steady is key. Bring plenty of water. Recommend going early in the morning. I got caught in the afternoon rain showers only a few hundred steps away from the top and it was horrible. Barr trail down is easy and beautiful views. Just keep in mind you’ve got about 2 hours down after you reach the top. Come prepared.

Jessica Hines House
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Hiking

Going up was a challenge! Bring plenty of water and don’t hesitate to take a few (or several) breaks along the way. Going down Barr was very relaxing and great views!

Dana Eck
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Hiking

I have done this hike 3 times and every time I do it I am amazed at myself and the others who complete. It is a difficult hike that needs pacing, bring a snack and water, view at top is beautiful! Worth it!

Matt Upton
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Hiking

We walked up the Incline then down the longer trail and really enjoyed it. Parking near the free bus made for easy access to the trail head & back to the car. It is definitely intimidating looking at the trail from the bus stop, it starts fairly 'normal', then gets steeper & steeper as you approach the top. The walk back down took longer than expected, but was still fun, plus easier on the knees than walking back down the Incline. We found the Incline busy, but not crowded (weekday hike), with all sorts of nice folks using it. This is a hike that I will repeat with visitors in the future.

Eric Smith
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Hiking

First hike since moving to CO. The altitude definitely hits hard, but well worth the climb.

Al D.
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Hiking

Did this for the 2nd time on my 45th Birthday with my girlfriend. It was even more incredible the 2nd time. The first time I completed it I was a smoker and it took me 2hours 40mins. A month and a half without smoking on the 13th of August(my B-Day) and the Incline took me 1 hour and 33 mins. So many of the other hikers have such encouraging words when they see you slowing down. Such an Incredibly Beautiful Experience.

Shelley Falk
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Hiking

Let’s just say it was one foot in front of the other! Wowza! It was tough but I will definitely climb in 2020. The Barr Trail down is a nice contrast as you meander through shady areas with views of Pikes Peak. Friendly climbers! The shuttle is slick and the town is charming making for a nice loop back to the car.

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