It was Sunday morning, the birds were chirping, and I was nicely snuggled in bed, rubbing my eyes to wake up. I lifted my arms and thought about my day. I was headed to Colorado Springs to hike the Incline. My legs were starting to hurt already.
The Incline is a 3.7-mile loop that gains 2,000 ft of elevation gain in the first mile alone. It’s a collection of road ties that used to be a major attraction in the Manitou Springs area since 1907 when it was built to support a hydroelectric plant. After the plant closed, they turned it into a tram system for tourists to take in the views of the surrounding area, including Pikes Peak and the town. Its billed as the “longest and highest incline on the globe”.
It’s a heart-pounding workout. As you look up at the incline, it rises sharply, letting you know that this is not going to be fun at all. As soon as you start walking up, your heart starts beating, you start sweating and your legs begin warming up. I decided to carry a 30lb pack up the Incline so I could work the muscles in my back and get an even better workout. It was mostly water weight but good enough for today.
On the Incline you see a mix of people; students, military people, runners and your average person getting a good leg workout. The ties aren’t exactly evenly distributed. Some steps are higher then others, especially during the steepest parts, often requiring full lunges to make the next step.