Update 8/5/2020 – For nearly 5 months the Incline has been officially closed to users. TOSC has advocated for its reopening. A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) proposing a reservation system was presented to Manitou Springs City Council last night. They voted to approve the MOU between the City of Manitou and Colorado Springs. The Incline will reopen allowing 35 users on the Incline every 30 minutes between the hours of 6:00 am and 6:00 pm. If this process is successful, usage will be allowed to increase to 45 users every half hour. The City of Colorado Springs will manage the reservation system and will have attendants stationed at the base of the Incline. This MOU and reservation system will be in effect indefinitely until the two cities come to a new agreement.
Effective 8/6/2020, The Manitou Incline is open. All users are required to make a free reservation online before their hike. This system is in response to concerns by the Manitou Springs City Council regarding crowding during the COVID-19 pandemic. The reservations will help staff manage the volume of people on the Incline at any given time.
Reservations are open seven days in advance. Be sure to bring your confirmation, either on your phone or printed. City of Colorado Springs Parks’ staff will greet you and check you in at the base of the Incline. You will be issued a wristband, which must be worn the entire time you are on the Incline.
- Reservations are available 6 a.m.–6 p.m., daily
- Note: The Incline will be CLOSED for the Pikes Peak Marathon on Aug. 23, 2020.
- You can reserve more than one slot at a time, however, please only reserve days and times you plan to use. You may also reserve a time slot for another user, but please limit group reservations to four hikers per time slot.
- Up to 35 reservations are available for each 30-minute time slot. After August 21, the capacity will be increased to 45 people every 30 minutes.
- Local businesses in Manitou Springs are offering a variety of discounts to those wearing the Incline wristband.
Incline Parking: Plan to arrive in time to find parking and allow plenty of time to get to the base on the Incline. Parking is available at:
- Hiawatha Gardens Parking Lot located at 10 Old Man’s Trail
- Free parking
- Plan for a 1.3-mile walk from the Hiawatha Gardens parking lot to the base of the Incline until Manitou Springs resumes its shuttle service beginning on or around Aug. 24.
- View parking map
- Iron Springs Chateau Parking 444 Ruxton Ave.
- Reservations recommended. ISC Hiking Parking
COVID-19 Guidelines: In response to COVID-19, please follow the guidelines below:
- Stay home when sick. Do not use the Incline if you or anyone in your household is exhibiting symptoms.
- Follow the CDC’s guidance on personal hygiene prior to, during and after use of the Incline.
- Bring hand sanitizer to clean your hands.
- Face coverings are not required when using the Incline. However, when you cannot maintain a physical distance of 6-feet from members of other households, for example when checking in or passing others on the Incline or Barr Trail, face coverings should be used.
- Face coverings are currently required both indoors and outdoors in Manitou Springs through an emergency order when a distance of 6 feet cannot be maintained.
- While passing, warn other users of your presence before you pass, and step aside to let others pass.
Reservations can be made through the online reservation system. The webpage shows available times and how many people have reservations at a certain time to help you avoid larger crowds. Reserve a hike online
Cancellations: Email InclineCancellation@coloradosprings.gov to cancel your reservation.
- Smoking prohibited
- No pets allowed
- Littering prohibited
- Creation of rogue trails prohibited
- Open fires and burning prohibited
- Do not climb down the Incline. Use the Barr Trail for your downhill journey
- Stay on the trail at all times
- Do not feed any of the wildlife you encounter on your hike
- Respect other visitors; keep a safe distance and if listening to music use headphones
Safety: This is a vigorous and intense hike, complete with a false summit! The trail is recommended for physically active people and those adjusted to the elevation. Although the trail is just one mile in length, it is a 2,000 ft elevation gain straight up a steep, uneven staircase! Are you ready? Please plan ahead and prepare.
- Bring plenty of water, snacks, and sunscreen.
- Make sure to properly hydrate by drinking water the evening before your reservation.
- Check the weather. Summer thunderstorms are common in this area; you do not want to be on the Incline when lightning is present.
- Do you have proper clothes and footwear? Sneakers or sturdy hiking shoes are strongly recommended.
- Visiting from a lower elevation? Allow your body to properly acclimate a few days before hiking the Incline.