From Wikipedia: "The Manitou Springs Incline, also known as the Manitou Incline or simply the Incline, is a popular hiking trail rising aboveManitou Springs, Colorado, near Colorado Springs. The trail is the remains of a former 3 ft (914 mm) narrow gauge funicularrailway whose tracks washed out during a rock slide in 1990. The Incline is famous for its sweeping views and steep grade, as steep as 68% in places, making it a fitness challenge for locals in the Colorado Springs area. The incline gains over 2,000 feet (610 m) ofelevation in less than one mile."
It was a beautiful morning in sunny Colorado when the three of us piled into trig's truck and set off to hike the Manitou Incline. Well, it wasn't sunny as yet, it was 5 am, but it was going to be sunny! And beautiful as only Colorado can be.
It was a bit of a jaunt to get from my kids' house to Manitou Springs, but we made it in time to snag a good parking spot at the bottom of Barr Trail. I was so excited! (I totally didn't know better, yeah, didn't. Know. Better.)
Can you see the excitement on my kiddo's face? I can tell she is looking forward to this adventure, me, I just look gullible...
The trail before us. Fully hydrated, we aspire to perspire, or die.
Huff puff, so far so good!
Feeling accomplished! Look how far we've gone!
I think we have some maintenance issues here
What fresh hell is this!!!
"Come on Ma, we're almost two thirds of the way"
Our triumphant 2/3rds faces (it gets better, right?) This is what high altitude does to me, makes me have crazy face!
The road behind
The Road Ahead. Death awaits me, I'm sure of it. (Although I did pass that guy in the salmon shirt!)
Top of the MoFo hill! See, man is salmon shirt, I totally passed him. (I'd do the Rocky dance but my legs fell off)
It's all downhill from here! 3 miles of twisty turny hazardous ankle twisting crazy. (But I don't know that yet)
Here's a few pictures of the top!
Now the trip down was easier via the Barr Trail. But it was also fraught with hazards such as logs to hurdle and loose gravel to slip and slide on (I fell twice, gawd!)
Ponytail swinging, my kiddo leads the way, mother daughter bonding adventure complete!
That was by far the greatest physical challenge I've ever completed and I hope to do it again next year when I visit the kiddos. And between now and then? Ah, I'll be in training.