COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Join us for a reopening celebration on Friday, December 2 at 8:30 a.m. at the base of the Manitou Incline. Please park in the COG parking lot, 515 Ruxton Av, 80829.
The Manitou Incline will be reopened to the public after closing for repairs the past three months. Phase 2 construction included repairs beginning at Tie 1525 and working downwards to the base of the Incline. Slopes within this section of work range from 23% to 63%.
The Incline project had four major goals: improved safety, enhanced user experience, long-term sustainability of the trail and increased accessibility. Work on the Incline included repair and replacement of damaged retaining walls, cleanup of rebar and loose debris, construction of additional drainage structures, stabilization of existing ties and stabilization of surrounding slopes. The new drainage structures will significantly reduce the velocity of water, a critical factor in reducing erosion and ensuring the Incline’s long-term sustainability.
The Incline’s 2,741 steps make up one of the most challenging and popular recreation sites in the nation. The trail is a one-mile ascent with an elevation gain of 2,000 feet, and the average grade is 43%, reaching 68% at the steepest point.