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1.1 mile 1.8 kilometer point to point


Ascent: 2,052' 626 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 8,703' 2,653 m
Low: 6,651' 2,027 m


Avg Grade: 36% (20°)
Max Grade: 54% (28°)


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A challenging fitness trail carved from the remains of a tourist tram.

Kevin Hadfield

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Use at your own risk.
Incline hours are dawn to dusk.
NO PETS Allowed
FULL OR PARTIAL CLOSURES: when necessary to perform renovation, construction or maintenance operations
Uphill travel is recommended


Looking up from the trailhead "The Incline," as it's referred to, can be somewhat intimidating. It is an ever-steepening staircase that seems to go on forever. This spectacular trail is a relic, it's left over from a tourist tram/cog railway that ran to the top of Manitou Mountain in the early 1900s. After a short, mellow section of trail the grade increases significantly and the views from the higher perspective are wonderful. Looking back east over Colorado Springs and the plains is spectacular.

This is a popular fitness challenge in the Colorado Springs area. Many people try to charge the incline for a quick, hard workout or a personal best. People of all fitness levels enjoy the incline though for it's ease of access, iconic history and spectacular views.


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Apr 15, 2019
Michelle Gerttula
1h 35m
Apr 13, 2019
Jeff Boutwell
Perfectly snowy 0.9mi — 0h 42m
Mar 27, 2019
Kevin O
Jan 25, 2019
1.1mi — 6h 30m
Dec 22, 2018
Leia Bernhard
Full incline and Barr Trail
Oct 8, 2018
Sep 25, 2018
Zack Whit
Sep 23, 2018
Joe W
first time going up 1mi

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Taylor Harris
Colorado Springs, CO
Taylor Harris   Colorado Springs, CO
Manitou Springs now has a shuttle to the trailhead and hikers are not allowed to park in the lot. The lot is only available to people riding the Cog Train up Pikes Peak. Nov 1, 2017
Nate H
Colorado Springs
Nate H   Colorado Springs
This one is a challenge. I have taken on the Incline twice now and I can confirm it is no easy task. My advice is to keep a steady pace. You may go very slow on the easy part but keep that pace and you will fly by everyone else. Using this strategy, I clocked a time of just over forty minutes with nothing more than the clothes on my back. No food or water. If you aren’t in really good shape, bring water. The first time I hit the Incline, I drank almost 2 liters of water and was still thirsty. Just keep your pace and avoid long breaks and you should make it to the top. Definitely recommend for those that want a real challenge. May 2, 2018

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