Are dogs allowed?
No dogs are allowed on the Incline. This trail is not safe for even the most athletic dogs. The extreme exertion required is too hard on their little hearts, lungs and paws!
What is the record time for hiking the Manitou Incline?
Record holders include Joseph Gray, who summited at 17:45 and Allie McLaughlin who finished at 20:07. Get the Incline App and track your time and rank against other Manitou Incline users and win rewards for completing this tough workout.
What are the hours of operation for the Manitou Incline?
The trail is open from 6 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. during the regular season (March 13, 2023 through November 5, 2023). During the winter season (November 6, 2023 through March 12, 2024), the trail is open from 6 a.m. - 3 p.m. No access is permitted outside of the posted hours. For the latest updates on hours, click here.
What should I pack or bring when hiking the Manitou Incline?
For a successful experience, consult your physician, bring plenty of water and energy snacks and be sure you've adjusted to the high altitude of Colorado Springs (6,035 ft) before you attempt this trail. Pace yourself and rest when you need to.
Can a beginner do the Manitou Incline?
Absolutely! Hikers of all skill levels travel to Colorado Springs to tackle the Incline. For beginner hikers, it's important to remember to take on the challenge at your own pace, pause for breaks when you need to, and stay to the right side of the trail to allow ample room for others to pass you along the way. Also, don't be fooled by the aforementioned false summit (which doubles as a perfect bailout point onto the Barr Trail for a quick return back to the bottom).
What is the altitude of the Manitou Incline?
The base elevation is 6,530 feet, while the summit elevation is 8,500 feet — resulting in an elevation gain of just over 2,000 feet!
What time of day is best for Manitou Incline hikes?
Early morning hikes are recommended for a number of reasons. You can avoid the crowds, get a head start on the warmer weather if hiking during the summer, and save plenty of time in the afternoon to refuel at one of our local restaurants. For more tips, click here.
For more detailed information, maintenance details, volunteer opportunities and updates, visit the Incline Friends website.