The Manitou Incline in Colorado Springs

 

Manitou Incline pic
Manitou Incline
Image: manitouincline.com

Licensed attorney Mark Fretta is based in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He is the associate vice president of operations at ART (Active Release Techniques). Mark Fretta is also an accomplished athlete, and he holds the unofficial record for the fastest hike up the Manitou Incline.

The Manitou Incline is a popular and very challenging hike near Colorado Springs. The trail is short, only a mile long. However, the incline climbs more than 2,000 feet vertically. This extreme hike attracts top-tier athletes from all over the world, and it is a local favorite.

The Incline was originally a cable car track, first used to transport materials for building pipelines. Once the pipelines were completed, the cable cars began to carry sightseeing tourists instead of building materials. After a rock slide, the cable cars ceased operation, and locals gradually claimed the inline as a hiking spot.

Fans of the incline are competitive. Many locals time their ascent and compare it with the times of others. Hikers with smartphones can even use one of several apps to compare times, track climb frequency, and more.

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