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“Take it easy!”

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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed July 25, 2013

A good test of strength, stamina and most of all one's grit. After the ascent I felt that most everyone with average health can do this; if you are not trying to set a record. I set out at 6:30am from the base. There were already many people there, some even running up and others down! You have to pay $5 for the car parking. Glad I started early because the 7am sun sure felt a lot hotter up there with all that body heat.

Carry any cereal/granola bars and enough water. Take at least 1 to 1.5 liter of water if you are new to Colorado and not used to the dry air and altitude. You will need it. Sip it regularly along the way. Don't forget to stop and rest for a couple of minutes many times during the ascent. Travel light...very light. The steps are not all equal but they are very manageable if you take your time. Do not let those overtaking you depress you. At some point it's between you and yourself. However, if you are in a really really bad shape half way, there is an exit to bail out and hike back down Barr Trail. Enjoy the views from wherever you are.

The view is magnificent from the top. That alone makes the pain worthwhile. To come down you can either walk or jog down the Barr Trail. Some people do walk back down the Incline, but that's surely not for beginners.

The trail is in general very good condition, except for some broken large iron pipes on the way at a couple of places (see pic). Also do not trip on the steel stakes at a few places. They are no danger if you are little careful. Take your time, listen to your body, take care of it and you will be rewarded with a good feeling of achievement.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

This was an excellent hike/incline. I started at 5:30am in the morning and it was already busy with fellow climbers! The incline is not for the faint of heart ..and for me coming from a low altitude home this was extra special hard ...just remember to breath and enjoy the view from the top! ...and the jog back down the trail :)

Thank JanisHazlewood
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Safety is an issue due to the very loose gravel, large holes, dogs not on leashes, rotten railroad ties, & steep steps.
All that to the side the view is breathtaking, challenge is great, & sense of accomplishment when you finish is priceless.
You must bring water, repeat bring water there is NONE during the whole climb. Please clean up after your dog or yourself if you throw up. Most import take your time or the 2000 ft. Elevation change will make you pass out.

Thank CavemanHHH
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

On our way to Denver, we stopped in Manitou Springs to hike the Incline. It's an intense hike that takes about an hour to complete. The trail is a little less than a mile long, but climbs from 6,800 to 8,800 feet straight up the mountain, and is a great workout if you are in relatively good shape. Since your climbing up old railroad ties, parts of the trail are very steep and uneven.

About 2/3 the way up there is a ‘bailout’ that ties into the Barr Trail, and about 3/4 of the way up there is a ‘false summit’ where you think you’re close to the top but instead the trail keeps going. Once you reach the top, you can relax on some rocks and take in the beautiful view before heading down the Barr Trail, which consists of about 4 miles of downhill switchbacks.

Tip - wear light, comfortable clothes and bring a towel, lots of water and light snacks (like granola bars and fruit) and pace yourself on the trail.

Thank jinfantino
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Reviewed July 13, 2013

We made a side trip while in Colorado Springs and made our way to Manitou Springs. The city itself is full of places to eat and places to shop. It is a nice little quiet town and is great to drive through. We made our way to the incline and parked our car, which was only $1 for one hour, and walked to the base of the incline. None of the people in our party where physically fit enough to make our way up the incline, but the view is great. This is a great side stop if you are looking for things to do around this area. The incline itself can easily be seen in the mountain views from Colorado Springs.

1  Thank robh310
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