The Manitou Springs Incline, also known as the Manitou Incline or simply the Incline, is a popular hiking trail rising above Manitou Springs, Colorado, near Colorado Springs.
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Trail Difficulty: Advanced
Elevation Gain: 2,000+ in less than one mile
Recommended for: hikers only - no pets allowed
Cost: Free, but you may have to pay for parking
The Manitou Springs Incline is an extremely difficult hike that gains almost 2,000 vertical feet in about one mile. It can be completed by Olympic athletes in around 20 minutes, but it can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours for those who are not in peak shape.
About three-quarters of the way up, the Incline intersects with Barr Trail and you can take that way back down if you like. Don't be fooled by the false summit. After you crest it, there are still about 300 steps to go. Once you've made it to the top, turn to the left and use Barr Trail to hike back down to the bottom. You must use Barr Trail to return to the bottom to prevent congestion on the Incline.