In Colorado You Can Hike A Phenomenal 2,744 Step Staircase

By Mayukh Saha / Truth Theory

Yes, it is true. This hiking trail in Colorado, if you make it to the summit, will take you about 8,600 feet above ground level. The Manitou Incline rises from the east side of the Rocky Mountain. This exhausting 2,744 steps steep trail is not for the faint-hearted, but if you think you are fit enough to take up the challenge, then, by all means, drive up to Colorado and test your drive! 


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Manitou Incline has been known to turn many a lot away even before they reach the ‘False Summit’, which is reached after crossing 68 percent of the climb. But the few achievers who have made it to the top, swear by their life, and sing songs of the beautiful view that awaits beyond the climb. The Incline was legalized only a few years back in 2013. Although this hiking trail enjoys its fame amongst seasoned hikers, it’s relatively unknown amongst us commoners. Maybe once the pandemic comes under control and the lockdown ends, we can inform our adventurous friends about this Incline and earn our own cool points!


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A website called Incline Friends gives us additional information, “It is known as one of the most popular and challenging hikes in the Colorado Springs area. It is famous for its sweeping views and steep grade, as steep as 68% in places with an average grade just over 40%, making it a fitness challenge for locals in the Colorado Springs area. The incline gains over 2,000 feet (610 m) of elevation in less than one mile, to a height of about 8,600′. It can be completed by Olympic athletes in around 20 minutes, but it can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours depending on your fitness level.” After the ‘False Summit’ awaits a tougher challenge, a further 300 ft climb. This all might seem scary and intimidating to new hikers. Anyone who wants to opt-out of reaching the summit can choose to turn back from 2/3rd of the climb. A 3-mile trail known as the Barr Trail is available to walk down while enjoying the sights of the soothing nature. 


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What we see as a tough challenging hiking trail now was actually part of a cable train. It was built in 1907 for transporting workers working at a hydroelectric plant near Pike’s Peak. The trail was later bought by Dr. Newton M. Brumback. In 1923, Spencer Penrose took over the Incline and transformed it into the majestic piece of art that we see now. The station at the summit was renovated in 1958 to accommodate more commercial diners for the hikers. The cable train service discontinued in 1990 as it was not bringing in much profit. The trail was renovated again to remove the rail tracks, leaving behind a staircase-like structure. 

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