Incline Loop

Colorado Springs, Colorado

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The Manitou Incline is now a popular outdoor fitness destination for its steep ascent, gaining nearly 2,000 feet in less than 1 mile, and for the fantastic views from the top of its railroad-tie steps. Opened to the public in 2013, the Incline/Barr Trail route attracts as many as 1,500 visitors per day. The Barr Trail ascends some 7,800 feet from its base to the summit of Pikes Peak at 14,115 feet, on mostly singletrack trail. Make no mistake, this is not an easy route. The steep climb from the base of the Incline to the top is more hiking than running. Along the ascent, there is a false summit to play with your depth perception as well as your mental strength. Fear not: Continue up the steps until you crest the true summit and enjoy the accomplishment as well as the outstanding view from whence you came.
Best Trail Runs: Denver, Boulder, & Colorado Springs

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by Adam W. Chase, Nancy Hobbs, Peter Jones (Falcon Guides)

The Manitou Incline is now a popular outdoor fitness destination for its steep ascent, gaining nearly 2,000 feet in less than 1 mile, and for the fantastic views from the top of its railroad-tie steps. Opened to the public in 2013, the Incline/Barr Trail route attracts as many as 1,500 visitors per day. The Barr Trail ascends some 7,800 feet from its base to the summit of Pikes Peak at 14,115 feet, on mostly singletrack trail.

Make no mistake, this is not an easy route. The steep climb from the base of the Incline to the top is more hiking than running. Along the ascent, there is a false summit to play with your depth perception as well as your mental strength. Fear not: Continue up the steps until you crest the true summit and enjoy the accomplishment as well as the outstanding view from whence you came.

© 2017 Adam W. Chase, Nancy Hobbs, Peter Jones /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Trail Running
Nearby City: Colorado Springs
Distance: 3.5
Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 90 minutes
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: www.inclinefriends.org
Driving Directions: Directions to Incline Loop

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