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The Manitou Incline



1.1 mile 1.8 kilometer point to point
30% Runnable


Ascent: 2,052' 626 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 8,703' 2,653 m
Low: 6,651' 2,027 m


Avg Grade: 36% (20°)
Max Grade: 54% (28°)


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Trail shared by Kevin Hadfield

A challenging fitness trail carved from the remains of a tourist tram.

Kevin Hadfield

Features Fall Colors · Views

Use at your own risk.
Incline hours are dawn to dusk.
NO PETS Allowed
FULL OR PARTIAL CLOSURES: when necessary to perform renovation, construction or maintenance operations
Uphill travel is recommended

Runner Notes

It is recommended to travel uphill and descend the last 2 miles of the Barr trail from the top of the incline. There is a point about 3/4 up the incline from which the Barr trail can be easily accessed. There are many irregular and gnarly rail ties that make up this trail. The steps are in some places quite large and the wood can be slick from rain or ice. The trail is steep and strenuous at altitude.
"Leave No Trace" trash cans are provided at trail heads


Looking up from the trailhead "The Incline," as it's referred to, can be somewhat intimidating. It is an ever-steepening staircase that seems to go on forever. This spectacular trail is a relic, it's left over from a tourist tram/cog railway that ran to the top of Manitou Mountain in the early 1900s. After a short, mellow section of trail the grade increases significantly and the views from the higher perspective are wonderful. Looking back east over Colorado Springs and the plains is spectacular.

This is a popular fitness challenge in the Colorado Springs area. Many people try to charge the incline for a quick, hard workout or a personal best. People of all fitness levels enjoy the incline though for it's ease of access, iconic history and spectacular views.

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Jul 4, 2019
Tim Chapman
Great experience!!
Jun 10, 2019
Chelsea Myntti
Barr trail down 1.1mi — 0h 42m
Jun 7, 2019
Scott Abshire
0.9mi — 0h 47m
Mar 31, 2019
Ryan Shumaker
Mar 17, 2019
Bryan Q
Mar 9, 2019
Patricia Prater
Incline was awesome and ran down Barr Trail--give yourself a minute to take in the view and rest your quads before heading back down. 5mi — 1h 30m
Nov 9, 2018
Chris Parish
Aug 12, 2018
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"The Incline"
Jul 1, 2015 near Manitou…, CO
Presumably well fed chipmunk
Jul 27, 2019 near Manitou…, CO
View from the bottom of "The Incline"
Jul 1, 2015 near Manitou…, CO
Step it up
Jul 10, 2015 near Manitou…, CO
Step 1700
Jul 10, 2015 near Manitou…, CO
One of the steeper parts of the Incline.
May 2, 2018 near Manitou…, CO

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