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Challenging Activity in Manitou Springs

This is a challenging workout with 2000 feet vertical climb over one mile. Amazing views and... read more

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waykuhl
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Denver, Colorado
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This was an amazing 2744 stair climb with avg. of 40 degree incline. There were all sorts of... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Nitasa S
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Hummelstown, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed yesterday

This is a challenging workout with 2000 feet vertical climb over one mile. Amazing views and definitely something to put on the bucket list. Try to avoid weekends when crowds can be overwhelming and if you go in the summer, go early in the morning or early evening since it can get hot.

Thank waykuhl
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Reviewed 5 days ago

This was an amazing 2744 stair climb with avg. of 40 degree incline. There were all sorts of fitness levels on the stairs making it even more amazing! I have hiked the Koko Head Trail stairs in Hawaii but this is much much more difficult given the degree of incline and I'm in decent shape! Bring lots of water and take rests, it's not a race! I took the hike path downwards, I would never go back down the same way.. don't know how people did that destroying their knees!

Thank Nitasa S
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This hike is short but intense. The hike down the other side of the mountain seems long after the inclne and the trail is very narrow. Be prepared to step aside and let runners and others go around you.

Thank Jeri Jo S
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Well worth doing but be prepared, think of how touch it might be then understand it will be tougher...!

Thank Jon B
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This is one heck of a climb. I'm in reasonable shape, run and exercise regularly, but this was one of the toughest things I've done. It's not that it takes that long or that you have to continue without stopping or anything, but it is really, really steep! I've been on black ski runs that were considerably flatter!
I went with my wife in Nov 2018 and we were easily able to park right at the base of the climb at midday on a Sat. The climb is on steps the whole way, mostly railway ties but with some metal and stone bits. In early Nov, there were icy patches and my wife turned around fairly soon after the start, recognizing that with her footwear, it wasn't a good idea.
After an initial fairly steep grade, the ascent proper begins, with a slope of up to 68% in the steepest sections. I found I was having to stop fairly regularly just to catch my breath, but could carry on again after a few seconds, and most others were doing the same.
Be warned, there is a "false summit" which makes you feel you're approaching the top but when you crest it, you realize there's still a way to go. As long as you know this, it's not too bad. The views at the top were wonderful and the air is clear and it's one of those feel-good places where everyone is very happy to have made it and in a good mood as a result!
The walk down the Barr trail on the backside takes at least as long, as it's over 3 miles, so make sure you plan for that.

Overall a great experience and I'm really glad to have done it.

Thank chipchap42
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tough hike but definitely worth the views. And the 4 mike hike back down the mountain was beautiful as well!

Thank Adventure32419610060
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Very Steep Incline and literally breathtaking views, this hike was exhausting but well worth the clim!!

1  Thank Carla S
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Been a few times. Make sure you press to the top. Don’t bail out. Bring water and if you are unfit, well, get fit and take your time

Thank harleydoug
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

So it's basically a staircase built into the side of a mountain, and if that sounds grueling, trust me, it's even worse than you are imagining. It's about a mile-long hike, but at a 45 degree angle...the elevation change from where you start to where you finish is something like 2000 feet, and there are over 2700 steps to climb. In some places it is even steeper than 45 degrees. When you are driving into Manitou Springs, you can see it from quite a distance, and it doesn't look too bad...then you get to the base and are looking up and you realize this is gonna hurt...and it does. Your knees will be weak, your lungs will be gassed, your heart will be pounding...but when you get to the top, you will realize none of that matters because you did it. The course is extremely challenging, but if you take your time, you can do it.

1  Thank Icarus4335
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

If you do the Cave of the Winds Lantern Tour...Don't hike the Manitou Incline at night by yourself. It is Creepy!!
LOL...No, It was fun hiking the Incline at night using the moon light for the stairs and using a flashlight for the hike back down the trail. It is cold in October. Be prepared.

Thank Jerry R
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