Day of the Hike
If you are hiking during the Summer begin your hike in the early morning to avoid the heat. The stairs of the incline are not even, some are as high as two feet, so pace yourself and be sure of your footing. Take breaks as often as you need and make friends along the trail!
Three bail-out points
- Northern Incline Return Trail, railroad tie #395
- Northern Incline Return Trail, railroad tie #1300, approximately mid-way
- Cut through to Barr Trail and Ute Pass
About 300 steps below the final summit and marks the beginning of the 68% grade and is your last chance to leave the incline before reaching the summit.
When you reach the summit follow the Barr Trail and it will return you to the base of the incline, this is a 4 mile-long, moderately difficult trail with switchbacks and loose rocks.
After the Incline
Once you complete your hike be sure to drink a lot of water and electrolytes to rehydrate and eat plenty of food to refuel. Hold off on any more exercising for the day and spend the evening relaxing.
Congratulations, you made it! No matter if you had to use a bailout or made the summit you took on and completed an impressive feat. If you can't get enough of hiking the Manitou Incline consider challenging yourself and set a record.