Rocky Mountain – 9250’ via Manitou Incline

RT Length: 5.14 miles

Elevation Gain: 3002’

I’ve done this hike several times, so today I’m just going to post some pictures.  I started at 6am, and while the sun hadn’t yet risen the moon was full and bright.  The moon was so full I didn’t need to use a flashlight as I hiked up the steps.  I was able to make it to the top f the incline in 36 minutes, 19 seconds.  That’s my second fastest time, and I’m proud to say I did it with full gear, snowshoes and all attached to my pack.

I tried out my photography sphere again, but it was really, really cold (12 degrees when I made it back to my truck) so I couldn’t position the camera right.  I’ll keep practicing! 

When I got to the top I wasn’t tired yet, so I decided to continue on to Rocky Mountain.  The last bit is class 3, especially with snow.

There I made it just in time for the sunrise.  And I got some pictures of Pikes Peak with the moon.

I got to hike down heading directly into the sun, which felt good on my face

Here’s a topo of the route

Author: Laura M Clark

Mom, Solo Colorado 14er Finisher, Outdoor Enthusiast, Traveler, and Girl Scout Leader with an MBA in International Business and Marketing. I value adventure, growth, courage, wisdom, integrity, accountability, and family. I enjoy yoga, wine, whiskey, traveling, reading, and the outdoors. I strive to be the person who inspires and motivates myself and others to succeed.

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