The Incline Trail

Manitou Springs, CO
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The Incline Trail is a 3 mile loop trail located near Manitou Springs, Colorado that offers the chance to see wildlife and is only recommended for very experienced outdoorsmen. The trail is primarily used for hiking & trail running and is accessible from May until October.

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.

From Colorado Springs go west on Hwy 24 to the Manitou Springs exit. Go south through Manitou springs. Turn south (left) at ruxton ave (the round about) and go to the end of the road. The Barr Trail parking lot is at the very end of the street on the right, just past the cog railway.

Park at the Barr Trail trailhead. There is limited parking there so if you can't find a spot you'll need to park on the side of the street. Be careful not to park at the cog railway or at the resteraunt, they will tow your car.

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The hike up is a challenge. You are basically climbing a mile long staircase with extra tall steps, but the view from the top is well worth the climb. Walk or jog the Barr trail back down to take it easy. The only downside to this trail is how busy it can get.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

love this hike! very difficult and hobbled around work the rest of the day! well worth the workout and leaves you with a great sense of accomplishment.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Did the Incline yesterday with some friends and had a blast. It was a hell of a workout to get to the top but a lot of fun to run/walk down the Barr trail. I will go back to this trail, and hopefully explore some others in that area.

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38 Completed 18 Reviews

Challenging! I underestimated this hike and boy did it kick my booty. The view / the sense of accomplishment you feel at the top are well worth it though. My friend and I walked up the Incline and then ran/walked down the Barr Trail. I was unquestionably feeling too tried to navigate the stairs on the way down. It was a cool day which I was grateful for; don’t know if I would have had as much fun on a super hot day. It was awesome to have little chats with folks on the way up, there were a lot of first timers and we all were smiling through the pain together. I would recommend if you are in the area and looking to push yourself.

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13 Completed 13 Reviews

HARD!!! Not for the faint of heart but nice view at the top.

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29 Completed 21 Reviews

Difficult but fun. Do this every time I'm in springs. If ya make it, might as well get a t-shirt that says so haha.

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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great Hike, although it does get tiring about 3/4 up. There is a halfway bail out point and the view from the top is totally worth it!
Good for Adults and Teens.

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7 Completed 5 Reviews

Freaking hard, totally worth the high at the top though. Look for the old strongmen doing laps on this thing!

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4 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful, difficult incline... worth every step! Definitely recommended to anyone looking for a challenge! Lots of users on this trail, so you are usually pretty safe if you don't have a hiking companion.

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7 Completed 7 Reviews

Strenuous but wouldn't have it any other way. One mile up with a decent summit if you can call it that. Head down Barr Trail unless you're trying to save time

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