Manitou Incline

Posted: April 2nd, 2022



On Friday, April 1st, 2022, I hiked the Manitou Incline Trail near Manitou Springs, Colorado just before noon. It was about 4 miles from the parking lot, up the incline and down Barr Trail, taking me just under 2.5 hours roundtrip. Before arriving, you need to have a reservation (see: details here). It is a free reservation and I was not asked for it possibly before it was not as busy as in summer months. Once there, you can park for $10 USD which gives you 4 hours.

The hike up is steep and it is difficult to complete it without stopping. You gain about 2,000 feet in elevation from the hike up. It took me just under an hour to get to the top of the incline, stopping several times. There are spots along the hike up where you can connect to the Barr Trail down.

Once at top, you can see the town and far off into the distance. The way down via Barr Trail is recommended instead of decending the steps. Parts of the incline are very steep with small distances between steps. Overall, it is a challenging yet important hike to do.

Tagged: Colorado, Hiking

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