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City of Colorado Springs / Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services / Manitou Incline Enhancement Project

Manitou Incline Enhancement Project

Updates: Media Briefing (www.vimeo.com/103287228)

Manitou Incline Trail Enhancement Coming
The Manitou Incline is going to be receiving a much needed facelift

Construction on the Incline will begin on Monday, August 18.

Get your last hikes in before it is closed for construction and before the weekend!

Remember the Pikes Peak Accent and Marathon is August 16-17, Ruxton Avenue will be closed and the shuttle will not be running to the Iron Springs Chateau. 

In addition Barr Trail will be packed with Accent and Marathon runners.


After years of no maintenance, it is finally time for the Manitou Incline to get a much needed facelift.  The City of Colorado Springs, in conjunction with Manitou Springs, will begin making improvements to the Incline starting August of 2014.  Construction is anticipated to last 4 months.  During this time the Incline will be closed for recreational use.  Given the steep grades of the Incline, it is not safe for recreational users to be walking through the construction site, please respect the construction workers and recreate on other trails within the Pikes Peak Region.  Citations will be issued to trespasser during construction.

The Incline project has four major goals; improved safety, enhanced user experience, long-term sustainability of the trail and increased accessibility.  Work on the Incline will include repairing and replacing damaged retaining walls, cleaning up the mess of rebar and loose debris, adding additional drainage structures, stabilizing the existing ties, and stabilizing the surrounding slopes.

Funding for this project has been made possible by:

  • FEMA
  • Great Outdoors Colorado Grant
  • Colorado Springs Utilities
  • State Trails Grant
  • The City of Colorado Springs
  • The City of Manitou Springs
  • Incline Friends

Free seasonal shuttle to the Incline
Although the Incline will be closed for necessary repair work, you can still take the free shuttle to Barr Trail, the Intemann Trail, Ute Pass Trail, and Red Iron Mountain.  The shuttle is also still available for those going to the Manitou and Pikes Peak Railway (COG).  The shuttle provides free rides from Memorial Park to all the surface parking lots in downtown Manitou Springs and will loop around at the Iron Springs Chateau on Ruxton Avenue.  The Shuttle will run every 20 minutes from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily through September 13. The shuttle is funded by a Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement (CMAQ) grant from the Pikes Peak Area Council of Governments to the City of Manitou Springs and is operated by Mountain Metropolitan Transit.  The funding allows the seasonal shuttle to operate during 2013 and 2014.

Try these trails during closure!