Climbing the Manitou Incline

Have an extreme hiking experience at one of Colorado’s amazing hiking venues, the Manitou Incline. Know more about the history of Manitou Incline and try to gauge if you are up for this challenge. Build up your stamina and start the challenge today!

A Brief History of the Manitou Incline

The Manitou Incline was constructed in 1907 to help with the construction of a hydroelectric plant and waterline nearby. After the construction was finished, the Manitou Incline was left as a tourist attraction. Many tourists were brought to the top of the hills using a cable car to have a better look at Colorado’s spectacular views from above. But in 1990, a disaster led to the removal of its rails leaving only railroad ties that served as a massive staircase for everyone hiking the Manitou Incline.

The Trail Difficulty

Any extreme physical activity requires a great amount of stamina. Manitou Incline is known as one of the most challenging hikes in Colorado Springs. With an average incline of 41%, many athletes take the challenge to hike Manitou Incline. It can be dangerous if you do not come physically prepared and wearing the most suitable gear for hiking. Many other amateur hikers have taken up the challenge to hike Manitou Incline!

What to Expect?

Having an inclined surface, Manitou Incline can be difficult to hike and it is not recommended when it is raining. Make sure that you plan your hiking route if you are planning to hike all the way up to the summit. There are some places where you will have to go back down while you are half-way through due to exhaustion or other possible emergencies.