Since moving to Colorado, I have made it a point to be as active as I can outdoors. I do not enjoy gym cardio, but I could hike for miles! Before I try mountain biking or something extreme, I want to get familiar with the area and trails. Yesterday, we decided to try out an advanced hike in Colorado. This is a historical hike called the Manitou Incline. The incline was originally built as a cable car to carry materials up to Pikes Peak Mountain.
The Manitou Incline is now one of the most popular and challenging hikes in the Colorado Springs area. The incline consists of 2,744 steps, while climbing 2,000ft of elevation from start to finish. This hike is not for the faint of heart! The worst part about the hike, is that there is a false summit. The incline is so steep, that you cannot even see the end until you’re about halfway up. It took us exactly an hour start to finish. The record for this hike is 17 minutes and the average is an hour. I was happy to make it to the average group, lol. If you decide to attempt this hike, bring a TON of water with you. We made frequent stops along the incline, and they were much needed.
For the way down, you can choose to take the steps down, or you can take an alternative route and hike your way down. We decided to hike down to enjoy the beauty! Enjoy the pics!