Ascent of Manitou Incline on 2016-05-10

Climber: Craig Barrett

Others in Party:Malachi Barrett
Date:Tuesday, May 10, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Manitou Incline
    Elevation:8600 ft / 2621 m

Ascent Trip Report

Camped at USAF Academy and spent the day hiking in the Garden of the Gods.

Paid for parking in the Manitou Incline Parking Area. We arrived after 1800 so the parking area was nearly empty. There were only 3-4 parties that left after us and probably no more than ten (10) parties on the incline.

This is vertical, straight up for more than a mile and it's easy to see why local US Military (US Army at Ft. Carson, US Air Force at Petersen AFB and cadets at the USAF Academy) and US Olympic athletes train here. Unless you are fully acclimated and in exemplary shape slow and steady should be your pace. The first third is relatively easy and it progressively worsens. There is a bail out at 2/3 of the way , head up to the Barr Trail.down

There are 18" to 24" steps on the upper 1/3 of the Incline and it is hand over hand in some places; however, you can step off in numerous places to let your heart rate slow, to drink water or to take in the views of Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs.

Plenty of room on top to take in the view, enjoy the summit and to take pictures. If it is busy head down the Barr Trail just to the left or to the's only 25M away and it is a gentle 3.1 mile descent that winds its way back down to the Parking Area.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2100 ft / 640 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2100 ft / 640 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.2 mi / 6.8 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail, Scramble
    Gear Used:
Tent Camp
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2100 ft / 640 m
    Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Route:Parking Area to Manitou Incline
    Start Trailhead:Manitou Incline Parking Area  6500 ft / 1981 m
    Time:54 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:2100 ft / 640 m
    Distance:3.1 mi / 5 km
    Route:Manitou Incline to Barr Trail to Parking Area
    End Trailhead:Manitou Incline Parking Area  6500 ft / 1981 m
    Time:1 Hours 5 Minutes

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