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

Laura has summited over 500 peaks above 13,000' solo, including being the first woman to solo summit all of the Colorado 14ers, as well as the centennials. After each hike, she writes trip reports for each one and publishes them on her blog, which is read by fans all over the world. Author of Wild Wanderer: Summiting Colorado’s 200 Highest Peaks, which is available to purchase on Amazon.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: