In Manitou Springs, Colorado, there is a massive scar running nearly one mile up a mountain looming right near the heart of the town. You can’t miss it. Once a railroad that drew a funicular to the top to access water tanks, it’s been rebuilt into a trail that does nothing but climb. It gains 2,000 feet in about nine-tenths of a mile. At an elevation of 6,900 feet at the bottom and just under 9,000 feet at the top. It’s a real butt-kicker, A butt-kicker that has a huge following. Meet the Manitou Incline.


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