Manitou Springs Incline Loop, and Garden of the Gods

RT:  8.81 miles

Elevation Gain: 3476’

I was still sore from the fall a few days ago, but needed to get out, so I made a reservation to hike the Manitou Springs Incline first thing in the morning.  I’ve done this route several times, so I’m just going to show you how beautiful it was that day.

At the top I got some lensball photos of the incline and hikers.  There seemed to be a lot of regulars here today. 

Then I continued on to Rocky Mountain.  I broke trail here, and got another lensball photo of Pikes Peak from the summit

I once again broke trail to Mt Manitou, and then took the Barr Trail down.  It was icy everywhere!

Here’s a look at the Incline from later in the day

Our sticker is still looking good!

BTW, the sticker can be bought here 

I wasn’t yet done with my day. I decided to head over to Garden of the Gods to see what it looked like with a fresh dusting of snow.

Here’s a look at the accident site from the other day

And the Bighorn Sheep were still there, but only showing their butts today.  There was a ranger in the area and no place to park, so no great shots. 

All in all, a great day to get out!

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.

2 thoughts on “Manitou Springs Incline Loop, and Garden of the Gods”

  1. These sunrise snowy Incline pictures are stunning! I recently moved away from Colorado Springs after quite a few adventures there, having just discovered Mt Manitou and Rocky Mtn above the Incline. It’s fun to see your explorations in the area and plot my future visits back there!


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