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stretch, you won't regret it

hiking
2 days ago

They aren’t kidding-this is an extreme hike. But it was awesome!!

Walked this on the way down from the Incline. A bit steep in spots with beautiful scenery.

hiking
2 days ago

DON"T GO!! this write up is very misleading, neglects to say that it is how everyone comes down from the mega-tourist attraction of climbing up the Incline....On this Saturday mid-morning, it was literally a constant stream of people coming down at me, on a very narrow one person path, so that I was constantly forced to cling against the steeply pitched side of the path....it was like a shopping mall at Christmas ! Although I only went about ¾ mile before turning around, most of the path was slippery gravel and railroad ties - not a pleasant surface on a good hike....There may have ben a good view but it was hidden by the people passing me. Avoid at all costs

I like to do the Peak at least once a year. It’s a nice challenge and worth it. The ascent took me 6 hours but I have done it in 4 1/2. Not my best time, obviously. I believe the average time for ascent is 8 hours. I did the ascent and descent for a total time of 11 hours. The last couple of miles are the hardest and my brain always says, “why am I doing this”! But, you just push through it and are happy to get to the top.

Make sure to dress in layers. The weather can change quickly. I like to take a camelback and I don’t bring much food. I’m just not real hungry.

The change in the terrain is always interesting It’s beautiful country. Thankful to have it as my backyard.

Total miles my app recorded was 23.85 miles.

Tough hike!! Had to take a lot of breaks!! The accomplishment of getting to the top feels great but I don’t need to do it again!!

2nd attempt.

Extremely difficult but definitely worth it!

Beautiful hike ... LONG hike, but beautiful. Totally worth it!

Felt like such an accomplishment getting to the top. I’m probably average as far as endurance fitness goes and this was a grind, especially half way up when it gets steeper. Had to take a breather every 50 steps near the end there, but I’m glad I didn’t bail out early and kept going to the summit. Took the Barr trail back down and it’s pretty mellow with tons of switchbacks. Some sections are very narrow and people like to run down, so keep an ear open for people running up behind you.

I got to the start around 6:15am and ended up paying the $10 parking because I didn’t know any better, but it was nice having my car close. I’m told there is other parking in manitou and a shuttle that runs to the trailhead every 20 mins. Might try that next time to save money. The parking lot was packed by 8am when I got back down, make sure you go early to beat the heat and crowds.

My only complaint is that some of the steps are washed out between, just gotta be careful on some spots. Very tough hike for me, but worth it!

Beautiful view and so peaceful. I’m gonna hike this again

Definitely worth the hike. Just be proactive about drinking water. I carried some high-energy snacks and drank about every 1/2 mile. The end of the hike was kind of chaotic because the trail isn't super visible, but the feeling of accomplishment was 10000% worth it.

on Red Mountain Trail

hiking
12 days ago

4.5: Red Mountain Trail itself is nice, but getting the right trailhead from Ruxton to get on Intemann and to that one is confusing and a bit frustrating.

hiking
13 days ago

Perfect hike that is very close to the wonderful town of Manitou Springs. The view at the top is amazing and as a bonus, you also get to see remnants of the old dance hall and station when it was competing with the Manitou Incline.

on Red Mountain

hiking
14 days ago

4.5: Red Mountain Trail itself is nice, but getting the right trailhead from Ruxton to get on Intemann and to that one is confusing and a bit frustrating.

Unforgettable and I don’t plan on doing it again. Bring a lot of water and snacks. I started off listening to music but quickly put that away because this climb is all mental if you’re somewhat physically fit.

I did almost zero research before going. Mistake number 1. Then I thought I could do it in 45 minutes. The joke was on me because the sheer incline and rise in elevation took my breath away and I kept having to sit down. I summited after climbing for 2 1/2 hours. Very humbling.

The best thing about the Incline is the positive community spirit as you climb. Everyone was encouraging each other and they clapped as I took the last step.

If you can-do it!

Beautiful but difficult trail. This is my first 14er& I’m a 25year old Colorado Springs native. The altitude didn’t bother me, it was the intense incline that made me wish I’d spent more time in the gym doing leg presses and on the stair master.
I overall drank and carried 4L& didn’t need a water filter. You can refill at Barr Camp, but I’d say the majority of my water I used after sunrise& after Barr Camp.
We started at 4am& summitted by noon, with longer rest stops at Barr camp, and the A frame.
We decided to have a ride pick us up and we were so glad we did! As soon as we left the summit a heavy rain storm rolled in.

The whole trail from the beginning is nothing but steep ascension and had my quads throbbing (except for about 2 miles before Barr Camp). The last 3 miles above tree line are the most grueling and took me way longer than my average MPH for the trail. I used hiking poles and they were a saving grace especially at the end! Getting a donut and having a summit beer at the top though definitely made it all worth it!!

Overall was super happy I did it, but will definitely return next summer with a little more training under my belt to make it easier on my body and hiking partner.

Good easier trail near the Springs but the views are not fantastic. If you are looking to get a view of the springs and garden of the gods this is the trail for you. Not many Mountain Views mostly views of the town below.

I wanted to beat my record from 3 summers ago. I did 40 minutes from the bottom to top of the stairs the last time I did this. Today, I have no idea what happened with me, I have been hiking and trail running every week for the last 2 years but I started feel like vomited and felt like I was going to pass out. Maybe because of the humidity. The temperature was perfect(75F) and thought I was going to be able to get this done in 35 minutes. NO! I underestimated myself. This was definitely HARD one. I will try back next year to beat my 1st record. Make sure to go early, bring sweets to get your energy going. COLD water is the must!

Very fun trail. Just hiked to the top and took 6 hours. This is coming from Utah. Left at 4 am in the morning and beat the rainstorms

Great hike and views of Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. The signage is lacking on the trailhead. Park in downtown Manitou and walk to Spring St. Take Spring St over the bridge and follow the road left to get onto the Intemann trail. This trail is indicated by a "trail" sign. Follow the Intemann trail for 0.7 miles until you reach a bluff where a wood post shows a sign for the Red Mountain trail. The trail is marked pretty well until you get to the big rock where the trail splits. Take the left fork!

Fantastic as always! I’ve hiked the Incline over a dozen times... in all weather conditions. Bring plenty of water, a great attitude, & an adventurous spirit. You’ll have a blast! This is a very challenging hike. Beware of elevation sickness if you’re not used to climbing a mountain this steep (68 degree incline), gaining 2,000 ft of elevation in less than a mile. Otherwise, congratulations on conquering one of the steepest stairs in the world!

Wow - I read how intense this climb was, saw it was rated hard...but it was even more strenuous then I anticipated. It was tremendous!! So glad I battled all the way up. Trail is well maintained, people were all encouraging and the views were well worth the journey. Do it!!

Going up is challenging but worth it

hiking
22 days ago

Took this Down after doing the incline.. great views all the way down. Easy trail for a cool down after going all the way up

Brutal incline during last two miles. Really, I thought the whole hike was a battle. There are about two miles of cruising terrain before you get to Barr Camp. But I thought it was a slog every mile thereafter until you hit tree line. After tree line it was a pretty special kind of suck. Beautiful, but leg smashing.

Of course, there were lunatics training for the PPAscent the whole way up. Nothing seemed to bother those guys/gals. Cheers to them. Amazing athletes.

Marmots at the top will give you a spooky chirp above tree line. Get to Barr Trail early if you like a little space between you and other recreationists. Really, a pretty special climb. Views are limited sometimes due to frequent fires in the state. But for me, the views are secondary to the reward of the toil.

Best.

hiking
23 days ago

The trail is actually in pretty good condition. They just made some improvements. Part of my rating is because I wasn’t ready. I couldn’t finish it and took the bail out trail close to step 1900, about 2/3 to the top. Aside from the level of difficulty, the problem was that I went on a Sunday. There were lots of people hiking and not everyone was polite enough to step to the side of the trail when needing to take a break. I was already exhausted and having to maneuver around people resting just made it worse and quite dangerous. As you pass half of the trail, the steps are pretty steep. If you are fit enough, it is a great trail, providing a wonderful sense of fulfillment once you are done. At least, I imagine it does. If you are not super fit, you might wanna consider a few easier trails before picking this one.

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