“The Manitou Incline is steep. It gains over 2,000 feet of elevation in less than one mile.”
All users are required to make a free reservation online before their hike. Plan to arrive in time to find parking and allow plenty of time to get to the base on the Incline. Proof of parking from one of these locations must be presented during check-in at the base of the Incline. Where to park: Hiawatha Gardens Parking Lot located at 10 Old Man’s Trail(link is external) Free parking – remember to keep your parking receipt to give to the Incline Attendant The free shuttle operates every day (excluding Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day), starting at 6:00 am, every 10 minutes during the peak season weekends and every 20 minutes otherwise. View parking map Iron Springs Chateau Parking 444 Ruxton Ave. Reservations recommended. ISC Hiking Parking(link is external) Where not to park: Incline users are not allowed to park in Barr Lot. Barr Lot is only available to users seeking access to the National Forest, via Barr Trail. You will not be granted access to the Incline if you park in Barr Lot. Parking along Ruxton Avenue and Winter St. is only for Residential Parking Permits (RPPs), which are issued by Manitou Springs. Parking on Ruxton Avenue and Winter St. without a Residential Parking Permit will result in a parking ticket.
Close to Pikes Peak is the Manitou Incline, once a railway for cable cars delivering supplies up the mountain, but now a favorite place to get the ultimate workout. See if you can climb the “stairs,” which are actually old railroad ties, for a mile while rising 2,000 vertical feet.
This is a favorite of Olympic athletes training in the area, so you never know who might be hiking next to you. Definitely grab a selfie if you make it to prove your impressive athletic skills!
A visit here is one of our favorite things to do in Colorado Springs!
This is not for the faint of heart - in some places, the incline is so steep that you will need to use both your hands and feet to climb.
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