You Can Hike A 2,744-Step Staircase Up To The Clouds In Colorado

It will LITERALLY take your breath away.

If you want to get those steps in on your next adventure, we've found the ideal destination. Manitou Incline in Colorado is made up of over 2,700 steps, with a breathtaking view from the top served with a remarkable sense of accomplishment. You'll be sharing that workout on your story once you crest the peak for some bragging rights.

Once used as a cable car to transfer pipeline materials to the top of Pike's Peak, the trail eventually switched to a tourist destination.

Manitou Incline in Manitou Springs, Colorado, used to house railroad tracks, but after a rockslide damaged a large portion of the rails, they were taken out, leaving behind the ties.

Those are now used by hikers seeking a more challenging workout, and you can join in on all the cardio fun.

The 2,744 steps quickly gain a 2,000-foot elevation and include about a mile's worth of high-intensity climbing.

Hey, we never said this adventure was going to be easy. But the exercise high mixed with the view will be worth it.

The hike is free to enjoy, and the trip back down is via a different path known as Barr Trail. 

You can start your journey any day of the week from 6 a.m. until 8 p.m., from April 1 to October 31, and 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. from November 1 to March 31. Parking is $10 at the Barr Lot.

When exploring the area, there's a false summit where two trails intersect, but if you're looking for the very top, keep in mind you still have a few hundred more steps to go!

But despite the daunting height, the fantastic feeling of conquering these significant steps is worth all of the work.

While running late used to be our only form of cardio, we would consider giving these steps a go for those epic views.

Oh, and the bragging rights, of course.

Manitou Incline

Price: $10 parking

When: Every day from 6 a.m.-8 p.m., from April 1 to October 31, and 6 a.m.-6 p.m. from November 1 to March 31

Address: 444 Ruxton Ave., Manitou Springs, CO

Why You Need To Go: This hike will bring you to a stunning peak with views.


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