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The Manitou Incline

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Trail

1.1 mile 1.8 kilometer point to point
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Elevation

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

Grade

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

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Trail shared by Kevin Hadfield

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

Kevin Hadfield

Features Fall Colors · Views

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

Description

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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Sep 7, 2019
Jenny Montague
Sep 7, 2019
Sang Lintakoon
manitou incline with jenn around 10:30. met our goal of under an hour! 70 degrees 0.8mi
Aug 4, 2019
Theo Talamantez
6h 50m
Aug 3, 2019
Mike G
Aug 2, 2019
Troy Peterson
Jul 28, 2019
Brandon Bell
With Joe. Good job, for an out of towner! 0.9mi — 1h 17m
Jul 20, 2019
Evan Hall

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  4.6 from 78 votes

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