The trail is the remains of a cog railway that went to the top of Manitou Mountain. The trail gains about 2000 feet of elevation in about a mile. Imagine climbing a rough uneven set of stairs that's a mile long. There is a bail out about half way up that will put you on barr trail. Beware of the false summit just past the bail out. Once you're at the top you can hike back down the incline, or turn south and hike or run back down barr trail. The view from the top over Colorado Springs is worth the effort. This is a great trail for training and it is what most people use it for. As of right now it is illegal to hike the incline, it's private property and hiking it is concidered trespassing. Of course, this doesn't stop hundreds of people from doing it every week, but hike at your own risk.
The Incline Trail is a 3.4 mile loop trail located near Manitou Springs, CO that features a river and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
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