Tough trails? Sure, we like them! And strangely enough, the last time we were in Colorado Springs, we somehow missed out on this brutal mile long climb up an old railroad bed that has been drawing in runners and hikers for the past few decades after the rail shut down in 1990.
We’ve also been on a tough “Manitou’s” course – you can read Jeney’s race report on Manitou’s Revenge in 2015 (a 54 mile trail race in the Catskill mountains) right here: 2015 Manitou’s Revenge Race Report.
However, based on the description of this shorter incline we’re pretty sure it would be a definite leg burner:
When it comes to describing the Manitou Incline, there’s no mincing words. It’s relentlessly steep and a ferocious challenge for anyone who tries to hike or run it.
Situated near the base of Pikes Peak in Manitou Springs, Colo., the Manitou Incline rises more than 2,000 vertical feet in less than a mile. It’s unyieldingly steep—68 percent in some places—but that’s why runners and hikers from near and far have been taking the challenge for years.
68 percent…yup, seems steep! With a distance of only 0.88 miles we’re going to have to stop in the next time we’re in town and give this a shot. I don’t think we’ll be breaking any records (men’s record – 17:45!) but it’ll be fun to give it a shot.
The only secrets to the Incline? Just keep putting one foot in front of the other. It helps to look down at the steps—don’t consider enjoying the view until you reach the top. And never underestimate the effort. The Manitou Incline – Tough Trail!
Good advice for any incline or run – I think we’ve all been at the point where just picking ’em up and putting ’em down is what gets us to the finish.