Manitou Springs Incline

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Manitou Springs Incline
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salsa1942
Richardson, TX129 contributions
Loved the shopping
Sep 2021
Small town with lots to see, places to eat, but be sure to pay the parking along the street! Did not find many galleries but lots of gift shops and tourist t-shirt places.
Written September 27, 2021
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goblue8799
Warren, MI32 contributions
Tough..but sooooo worth it!!
Sep 2021 • Solo
OMG..This was not easy....but when you reach the top...you really feel a sense of accomplishment!! I am from Michigan..55 years old..and have hiked all over this country...but this was definitely one of the harder hikes..(thin air is brutal if you aren't acclimated) I've done. Go early..bring LOTS of water...pace yourself...and celebrate at step 2678!!...The Barr trail on the way down is nice also!!
Written September 26, 2021
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cearn
Seymour, IN127 contributions
Not just for the young, but the young at heart .
Sep 2021 • Couples
My husband and I are 55 & 59 and in good shape, but not athletic and we did it in 3 hrs round trip . We walk daily and aren't overweight and we took the advice seen in other reviews and just took our time. Def need water and a snack and like they say, don't forget it's a long hike down the trail after you do the steps but compared to the steps the trail is a nice recovery. Use your head and give it a shot. No shame in bailing out at 1800 steps. We parked in the $10 spaces by the cog and that was great but there are very few spots there .
Written September 24, 2021
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Ainman4
31 contributions
Tough...but worth a try!
Aug 2021
Wow! What a hike! We made it halfway and we were proud of that! Being from Missouri with low altitude and not much incline hiking experience, that was quite an accomplishment for us. The views were spectacular. Make sure to stay well hydrated and take lots of breaks if needed! It's totally worth a try while you're in town. We made it to 1300 and took the escape trail. The escape trail was a beautiful hike as well.
Written September 11, 2021
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Gretchen M
Timonium, MD498 contributions
Very Tough!!
Aug 2021
We just flew in from the east coast and went straight to the incline. It was one of the hardest things I have done ever and I am in pretty good shape. Take lots of fluids and breaks along the way. The views are wonderful, but once you reach the top it is anti climatic. Be prepared for over an hour hike down through the woods on a trail after the hike up the incline
Written August 24, 2021
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SusieD
Indianapolis, IN338 contributions
Almost halfway there on the less difficult part of ascent-note caveat in review re: gift shop closing
Aug 2021
My husband and I are in our early 70s and exercise a lot. We went to step 1300 - an escape place - and then took the trail down. It was about the same time both ways for us, which was a slow-placed 50 minutes both up and down. We had just driven to Garden of the Gods, and it was packed with cars and pedestrians everywhere. It was great to get on the Incline, as you get away from crowds. On the way down, we didn't see anyone on this escape route. We ran into some people who took the steps down instead, but we preferred the trail with the views and solitude of hiking alone. I fell down several times and ended with the badge of bloody knees and a bump on the top of my head. This was entirely my own fault, as my old Asics had to tread whatsoever, so it was like walking on marbles for me! I got great belly laughs at myself. I came out unscathed, and this was lucky. I doubt most people take the Incline in worn-out shoes! With trail shoes and more water , we would venture higher if ever there again. It is challenging and fun. The only issue was that we tried to go in the gift store at the bottom at 3:45 p.m. on a Saturday. Two young ladies who worked there were hurriedly closing and locking up. So, we could not buy The Incline t-shirts or sweatshirts to commemorate our adventure. I cannot understand the shop being closed. A guy came and wanted water, water, waaaattterrrr in the worst say. He was turned away, too. You need reservations that you make online in advance, so there are not too many people at one time. Parking is difficult. Be very careful to follow instructions to park in the correct lot.
Written August 11, 2021
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Nanna S
6 contributions
fun
Aug 2021
It was a lot of fun for the younger group, but not so much for us older ones. Beautiful views all the way around.
Written August 3, 2021
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John J
Gladstone, MO4 contributions
it was a challenge
Jul 2021
I'm 55 and in modestly decent shape, certainly NOT going to break any records going up but the views are worth it. One of the highlights of my visit
Written August 3, 2021
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Leslie W
6 contributions
Not for the faint of heart
Jul 2021
The Manitou Incline is no joke. We had a great time, even though we had to take the Barr Trail bail out. Beautiful views. Our reservation was for 1:30PM in the middle of July, which in hindsight was probably not one of my better decisions when planning our Colorado vacation. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Take frequent breaks, there are plenty of little rest stops along the way off to the side... and try to get an earlier reservation if you can, especially in the warmer months!
Written July 30, 2021
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patbreshears
lees summit mo11 contributions
Quite a hike
Jul 2021 • Family
Fun hike, steep and quite a workout. My two teenage daughters, my wife and myself did it in about 3 hours. Coming down isn’t a cakewalk. Take water and breaks you’ll be fine.
Written July 27, 2021
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