Before the legal opening of the Manitou Incline to hiking, the public was given a few opportunities to give input on rules for the Incline. Most of the rules were common courtesy and didn’t generate much discussion. However, there were 2 rules that were controversial.
The 2 rules that many didn’t agree with were dawn to dusk hours and no dogs. The dawn to dusk rule was mandated by Colorado Springs Park and Rec for safety. The no dogs rule was pushed by a vocal minority of people that don’t like dogs plus those that were tired of dog owners not picking up after them.
As the popularity of the Incline increased after legalization, the pre-dawn crowds grew. Residents along Ruxton Avenue complained about being woken up by people excited to take on the challenge of the Incline. The number of dogs on the Incline decreased but many people continued to take their dogs.
It wasn’t surprising that people that had been ignoring the No Trespassing sign for years ignored the new rules. The rules couldn’t be enforced as the Incline is an easement across private property and an agreement was needed to allow the Manitou Springs police to write tickets.
The agreement necessary for enforcement of the Manitou Incline rules is now in place. Starting Friday April 1st, 2016 rule violators will be issued a citation and will be required to appear in Manitou Springs Municipal Court.
The rules remain mostly the same but the dawn to dusk rule has been replaced with hours of operation since specific times are needed for enforcement. The Manitou Incline hours are 6 AM to 8 PM from April 1st to October 31st and 6 AM to 6 PM from November 1st to March 31st.
The Incline Friends is having their annual General Membership Meeting on Wednesday February 17th, 2016. Incline Friends is the official friends group for the Manitou Incline. Colorado Springs Park and Rec uses friends groups to help manage many of the large parks and open spaces throughout the city.
You don’t need to be an Incline Friends member in order to attend. This is a great opportunity to meet with the Incline Friends Board of Directors, voice your thoughts, concerns and opinions. You can learn how you can help out with the Incline.
The meeting is from 5:30 to 7:00 PM at the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services offices at 1421 Recreation Way.
With the Broncos headed to Super Bowl 50, Sam Chambers came up with a plan to turn the Manitou Incline orange to cheer the team on. He encouraged people to hike the Incline on Wednesday evening, February 3rd with orange lights. About 50 people accepted the challenge in spite of over a foot of new snow the beginning of the week.
It was quite impressive seeing the orange along with a few blue lights moving up the mountain. The inspiration for the lights on the Incline was a photo with red, white and blue lights that Sam helped Dan O’Sullivan Photography create after the 2015 Paris terrorist attacks.
A time lapse video of the event is posted on Facebook. Click here to see it.
Note that the official rules for the Incline prohibit hiking the Incline from dusk until dawn.
Merry Christmas! I hope you all have a wonderfully day with family and friends celebrating the birth of Christ.
If your day includes the Incline, please use caution and traction devices. Both the Incline and Barr Trail are quite icy in spots.
2016 Manitou Incline calendars are now available for ordering. $3 from each calendar will be donated to the Incline Friends.
To order now, go to the 2016 Manitou Incline calendar order page.
The City of Colorado Springs and the Incline Friends are organizing an Incline work day for October 25th, 2015. Work during the volunteer project will include closing existing social trails and fixing portions of the Incline/Barr connector trail.
Participants must be 16 years or older, anyone under 18 must have a guardian accompany them during the workday. Check-in/late registration the morning of will begin at 8:00 AM in the Barr Parking Lot. The project will begin at 8:00 AM and end at 3:30 PM. Please come prepared to work the entire day and hike 3 miles up Barr Trail to the project work site. Tools will be provided; however, bring your own gloves, water, hat, sunscreen and lunch.
Register online for the Incline work day to help them with planning.
Can’t make the work day? You can always help by picking up trash as you hike the Incline. Also always stay on the trail. It’s sad how much destruction is being caused by people cutting the switchbacks on the Incline/Barr connector trail.
The Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon are this weekend, August 15th and 16th (2015). The Ascent is on Saturday and the Marathon is on Sunday. About 1800 runners will head up Barr Trail Saturday morning and Sunday around 800 runners will go up Barr Trail to the summit and back down.
This year the city of Colorado Springs has decided that Incline users and that many runners on Barr Trail would be a bad mix. The Manitou Incline will be closed Saturday morning until 11 AM and it’ll be closed until 2 PM on Sunday.
Runners will still be coming down Barr Trail after 2 PM on Sunday but should be fairly spread out. While you’re returning on Barr Trail, please pay attention to runners coming up behind you and let them pass you. That’s actually what you should do on any day.
The Colorado Springs City Parks Department highly recommends Incline users to refrain from using the Incline during this weekend due to congestion and road closures. The Incline will resume normal hours of operation (dawn to dusk) on Monday, August 17. See complete Manitou Incline rules here.
The 14th annual Barr Trail Mountain Race is Sunday, July 19, 2015. The 12.6-mile course begins in Manitou Springs, Colorado, and ascends Pikes Peak’s iconic Barr Trail to Barr Camp before turning, descending and finishing back in town.
Although the course doesn’t include the Manitou Incline, the area will be more congested and runners will be on Barr Trail. The race starts at 7 AM and most runners should be back down by 10:30 AM. It is best that you avoid being on Barr Trail between those times. If for some reason you feel it’s necessary to do the Incline and head back down Barr Trail during those times, please be courteous and give the runners right of way whether they’re going up or going down.
The Incline Friends are showing the “100: Head/Heart/Feet” movie as a fundraiser that will help with additional repairs on the Manitou Incline. The showing is Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015 at Stargazers Theatre & Event Center. Doors open at 6 PM and the movie starts at 7 PM.
Tickets can be purchased online for $10 or if seats are still available tickets will be $13 at the door.
About 100: Head/Heart/Feet Movie
If you thought 26.2 miles was tough, lace up your running shoes for a journey into the world of ultrarunning.
From Hammer and Saw Films, “100: Head/Heart/Feet” follows Ultrarunner Zak Wieluns as he attempts to run The Vermont 100 Endurance Race. The film focuses on Zak’s intensive training regiment and its impact on his relationships while exploring the reasons he was singularly dedicated to completing the Vermont 100 Endurance Race, one of the original 100 mile runs in the USA.
Filmed on the race’s 25th anniversary, “100: Head/Heart/Feet” records the stories of handlers, pacers and crew members while exploring the friendships that motivate their preparation for this grueling race over Vermont’s paved streets, gravel back roads and wooded trails…in daylight and darkness… all within a 30 hour time limit. A well-trained few complete the race; many will never cross the finish line.
Today, May 17th, the free Manitou Incline shuttle starts running again for the summer. It will run through September 12, 2015.
The Incline bus (Route 33) will operate from 6 AM – 8:15 PM every day on 20 minute intervals. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays there will be a 2nd bus from 10 AM until 8:15 PM. The 2nd bus will be timed so there will be about 10 minutes between buses. There’s also another bus route that will service downtown Manitou. See the map of the routes here.
The Incline bus runs from the free parking lot behind the Tajine Alami Restaurant at 10 Old Mans Trail in Manitou. Park around the side and back of the restaurant and not out in front. The shuttle stop is across the street from the restaurant.
There is a 2nd bus route that services the shops along Manitou Avenue. That bus doesn’t go up to the Incline. If you’re going to the Incline you have to get on the bus across from the Tajine Alami Restaurant.