Hi all-so if you missed the first Manitou Springs incline hike in January, here is your chance to try it.
Now that I have done the Manitou Incline, I can give some firsthand experience thoughts:
1. It is quite the incline.
2. It is quite the workout, heart pumping, muscle working uphill. Doable, but definitely have to go your own speed and make sure you are well hydrated prior to hiking or you will get that "my head is going to pop off, but I really don't want that to happen because if I fall down this thing...oh my feeling" (or, at least that is how my head feels when going too fast uphill with heartrate pounding:)
3. It is a ton of fun, beautiful view and big sense of accomplishment and reward reaching the top.
4. Going downhill is fun, too...if you like to trail run and like running downhill, it will be a joy for you.
However, I recognize that those are just my personal impressions and are completely subjective. So, for all of the other potential questions and answers, go to this website and read more.
In a nutshell, it is a hike straight uphill on what used to be a railroad bed...railroad ties are still there and serve as the "steps" to head straight uphill. There are a number of different options to choose from in terms of how long any person wants to go straight uphill before either taking a side loop and circling back down to the bottom.
Carpooling is a good idea since it costs 5$ per car to park in the parking lots which are close to the start (assuming we can get a space). So, since we have to head down i25 south towards Colorado Springs, let's meet at the parking lot of the Home Depot at Park Meadows/Lone Tree (we can meet with our vehicles on the end of the Home Depot parking lot closest to their "Garden Center" entrance) I drive a black toyota prius that DOES not have its bike rack on top right now.
MEET AT 8:45 AM at the Home Depot at Park Meadows-intend to be on the road by 9:15 AM so be there before then! If you have RSVP'D that you are attending, but, can no longer attend, please text me or give me a call:)
Address of that home depot is:
8477 S Yosemite St, Lone Tree · (303)[masked]
It is approximately an hour drive to reach the trailhead-not knowing how the weather may be, it is a good idea to bring assorted layers, hats, gloves, etc. You will get quite warm on the way up and then a bit chilly waiting at the top...so a pack to carry clothing that you may "strip off" as you hike (and get your body temperature up) may be a good idea. And, certainly, a powerbar/snacks, and plenty of water is in order...
I am sure that we will have faster hikers and slower hikers and everything in between. And, it doesn't matter. My intent is to just have a nice group of folks who want to try a new/fun hike that can be made as hard as a person wants to make it...just by going faster! Does't look like we can get lost...it goes straight uphill. And then downhill. Sound familiar? Kind of like my Deer Creek rides minus the bike:)
Do I know exactly when we will be back? No. Should be by 3pm-give or take. An hour drive down. Hour drive back. Hike for two hours give or take and then head back down the hill? (we can set a time limit, like we do on my Deer Creek rides...so whereever anyone is at the set time, we all know to turn around and head back) If you have a "hard stop for your time" you are more than welcome to drive separately and therefore have your own "wheels" for heading back to Denver area...
Sound like fun to anyone?
Please try to rsvp by 9pm on Saturday night!