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In Colorado, You Can Hike A 2,744-Step Staircase Up To The Clouds

Do you like hiking? Yes? Well, you will definitely love Colorado’s Manitou Incline. The spot was first legalized as a hiking spot in 2013. It’s a mile long incline with 2744 steps. Impressive, huh? It’s time for your weekly cardio workout!

‘’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′.


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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.’’

Visitors first get to the “False Summit,” and then go for another 300 more feet. You can’t ignore the breathtaking view. Don’t miss the Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs.

The steps are actually remains of a cable train built in 1907. It was used to transport people and materials to the Pike’s Peak for the needs of the hydroelectric plant’s construction.

Dr. Newton M. Brumback bought it and turned it into a tourist attraction.

Spencer Penrose bought it in 1923 and rebuilt the station. In 1990, the Railway was out of service because its maintenance was too pricey. The railroad ties are still here, and they became a natural stairway over time.

Before you accept this challenge, make sure you read the regulations and requirements. Pick the right weather and get the best hiking gear. You will also need a lot of energy snacks and water. Barr Trail is also part of the adventure.

Visitors weren’t able to enjoy their hike in the past few months due to the pandemic. The site is usually open every day from 06:00am-08:00 pm from 01.04 to 31.10, and 06:00 am-06:00 pm from 01.11 to 31.03.

You don’t have to pay for the hike, but you will need $10 for the parking. Visitors finish the hike in 2-4 hours. Sadly, it is not a pet-friendly site.