There are so many cool things to do in Colorado, but Kevin and me rarely get our act together to plan anything. But this weekend we finally decided to go and check out the Incline in Manitou Springs! The weather was iffy — we’ve had thunderstorms and tornado warnings daily lately — but we decided the worst that would happen would be that we’d have to just go to lunch.
But first we went to CrossFit. Because we are all CrossFit so none of us judged or thought it was a crazy idea to do that before we headed to the incline. We completed a partner wod, and then headed over to our house to get ready.
The Manitou Incline was built as a cable car to carry materials to build pipelines on Pikes Peak. After the pipelines were finished, it was turned into a tourist attraction.
After a rock slide damaged a section of track in 1990, the Manitou Incline was closed down and the rails removed. Some locals started hiking up the remaining ties for a tough workout even though it was illegal because of crossing private property. As of February 1st, 2013, it is legal to hike. (source)
The Manitou Incline is only 1 mile but climbs 2,000 vertical feet with grades as steep as 68%. We girls were definitely using both hands and feet to climb in some places. This actually isn’t even all of it! There’s a false summit, and then probably another 10-15 minutes after that.
Our incline time was… 47:51! We took two short breaks, but we really kept moving the entire time. I’m pretty sure nobody passed us. It was hard to tell because a lot of people would take breaks, then catch up, then take another break, etc. But it wasn’t too crowded even on Saturday. Perhaps the iffy weather was a blessing!
By the way, it is NOT overly scary. I was nervous that I would feel like I was going to tumble down the mountain since I have a proven tendency to fall down stairs. But it was fine. YOU CAN DO IT!!! And you should. It’s super fun.
Here’s a pic of Kevin and me doing an instant replay of climbing the final few stairs.
At the top!!!!!!
Of course, this happened. Because why wouldn’t it? Just kidding. Anna had to do it a few times and make it look like a piece of cake before I was willing to try. I’ve come a long way, but I’m still huge pansy at heart.
We spent some time at the top cooling off before we took the trail back down. The trail wasn’t nearly as steep, but it probably took even longer than going up! By the time we got down, it was almost 3PM, and we were STARVING!!!!!!
I had ice cream to make up for it:
CAKE BATTER DIPPED CONE WITH RAINBOW SPRINKLES!!! From BJ’s Velvet Freeze in the Springs. They had the best dipped cone flavors ever!! So delicious and totally worth “cheating.”
Right now I’m sitting at home because I have piano students who are supposed to be here. :/ Our recital is on Friday, and we were still supposed to have one last practice today with my Monday students. I’m a little disappointed that they didn’t show because I want to make sure they’re amply prepared for the recital. That and I came home early and sat here on Memorial Day to wait for them. Of course, they’ve already paid for the lesson, but I am still bummed for them to miss. I have a few more coming in 30 minutes who have texted to confirm, and then we’re off to a BBQ with friends. Enjoy the rest of your weekend!!! :)
What’s the most difficult hike you’ve ever done? So I read that there are people who have done an Inclinathon — 13 round trips on the Incline in one day. FUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) Also: crazy.
P.S. I was sore the next day. I thought I was such an omg CrossFit beast (haha, yes, I’m kidding) that I wouldn’t get sore. But I did. OUCH!!! But I can’t wait to try it again someday. Maybe twice in one day!!!
Related: Hiking the Incline is a rite of passage for Olympians training in the Springs.