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I did the incline with my boyfriend last summer. Boy, was it really difficult for us! This was definitely one of the most tiring hikes that we've ever done. The trail was definitely not easy. The elevation gets really high very fast. Be sure to bring lots and lots of water with you. And sunscreen, too. Don't forget that. You can bring a hat with you, too, to protect your face from the heat of the sun. It just saddens me that there were people giving up and going back without even making it to the top. Whenever you're tired and feel like giving up, just imagine how awesome the view is from the top. 'Cause darling, when we got to the peak, the view was simply magnificent. It's surely worth the trek.
This was by far the hardest 0.9 miles I've hiked! But the views up top were Definitely worth it. Very physically challenging. Many people were turning around and hiking back down. If you can make it to the top, go down the side trail- the views are spectacular!
My family did the Manitou Incline summer 2013. And will go again. Remember water and sun screen. The views are beautiful and worth the work.
It is NOT easy or fast. Proceed with caution. and PLEASE leave your pets off the trail!
If you're going to do it, be prepared! It's no cake walk! However I've passed tons of different people of all different ages. Tourists- don't forget About the altitude difference. It takes many of us 6 months to adjust. Drink lots of water!!!
Thank you for making the point to tell people to take Barr Trail down. Its a pain (especially on busy days) to deal with people coming back down when there are a few spots that only have room for one person to ascend or descend at a time.
Play it safe and allow yourself 3 hours for the round trip. I'm a 42 year old runner, my wife is in good shape and we have two fairly active kids; 13 and 11.We expected to complete it in two but ended up missing our Cog Railway reservation. ( They managed to move us to a later time at no charge.)Street parking is insane at $10 an hour, but if you're lucky, you can park in front of the chateau for 4 hours at $10 total.
The Incline is definitely not for the faint of heart! What used to be a railway to the top of the mountain is now a challenging hike popular with locals, Olympic athletes, and military personnel. It takes some physical stamina as well as determination to make it to the top, but the gorgeous views and sheer satisfaction make it worth it. It is about 2,000 feet of elevation gain in less than a mile with a false peak about 2/3rds of the way up. Barr Trail can be accessed from the top or from a cutoff about half way up the Incline (if you find yourself in over your head), and it makes for a really fun run down after a difficult hike up. Parking is available directly at the base for $5 (which goes to maintaining the trail) or for an hourly rate along the streets closer to downtown Manitou. Be sure to support the local businesses with a celebratory meal and/or an Incline t-shirt.
Overall, it's a great place to meet interesting people, but I would only recommend it to those really looking for a challenge.
Highly recommend for anyone who likes the outdoors, likes to hike, or just really wants to challenge themselves. Beautiful views and the trail back down is definitely a lot of fun in itself!
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