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Manitou Incline

Manitou Incline

Length: 1 mile up, 2.5 miles down Barr Trail

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.

Directions to the Trailhead: From I-25 in Colorado Springs, take exit #141 (US 24), go west (toward mountains) on US 24 for four miles to Manitou Avenue exit. Go west on Manitou Avenue one and one-half miles to Ruxton Avenue (traffic circle). Turn left and go to the top of Ruxton Avenue, three-quarters of a mile. You will come to the Cog Railway Depot. However, do not park in the Cog Railway parking lot. Go past the Cog parking lot and park at the Barr Trail Lot. There is also free parking at the Hiawatha Gardens building, 10 Old Man’s Trail with free shuttle service to the Incline. The city of Manitou Springs generously funds this service so please take advantage of it, unless of course, you’d like that extra couple of miles jogging up and back.
  • Pets Not Allowed

Train Like an Olympian

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.


EXPIRES: 12/31/2025

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  • Phone: 719-633-6884
  • Ruxton Avenue
  • Manitou Springs, CO  80829
Ruxton Avenue
Manitou Springs, CO 80829

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