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  • Colorado Springs man sets Manitou Incline record despite suffering from diabetes

    To the growing body of myths surrounding Manitou Incline excess and adventure, Greg Cummings adds the tale of a rare odyssey. Think of him as the guy who marched to the firmament and back. A day before the Incline closed in August for repairs, the Colorado Springs resident says he quietly made history with his 1,400th Incline ascent in...

  • 2015 Manitou Incline calendars on sale now

    Year of the Incline Know someone who can't get enough of the Manitou Incline? Well, you can give the gift of the Incline every day, only without the pain that goes along with climbing it. Colorado Springs resident and Incline enthusiast Rob Lucas has compiled a calendar with 12 months of photos featuring the popular trail. Go to...

  • Manitou Incline attracts more than 11,000 in first nine days after reopening

    Absence really does make the heart grow fonder, at least in the case of one local trail. The Manitou Incline reopened Dec. 5 after a three-month, $1.5 million overhaul. Judging by the early numbers, the steep collection of railroad ties that rise 2,000 feet over the course of nearly a mile was missed - and missed dearly. More than 4,000...

  • New Incline, same crowd on re-opening day

    The first crowd up Incline 2.0 looked a whole lot like the old crowd. The day's top finishers turned out to be a sweat-drenched who's who of Manitou Incline fiends, from 12-time Pikes Peak Marathon champion Matt Carpenter of Manitou Springs to Roger Austin and Jill Suarez, a Colorado Springs couple who share each other with the trail they hike...

  • Timeline: Incline history winds through a century

    1906: Colorado Springs builds a train to haul pipes up the side of Mount Manitou to the Ruxton Hydroelectric Plant. 1908: A local entrepreneur buys the land for a tourist train, with cars hauled by a cable. May 9, 1912: The train opens, but the public is skeptical of its safety. After the fare is reduced from $1 to 50 cents, people begin...

  • The new Manitou Incline: By the numbers

    The Manitou Incline reopens Friday after a three-month makeover. Here's a look, in numbers, at the project: $1.6 million: Budget for four-month overhaul 2,741: Steps on the Incline (before project) ?: Steps on the Incline (after project) 6,574: Starting elevation, in feet (Source: Stewart M. Green, "Best Hikes near Colorado Springs.")...

  • Manitou Incline set to open this week

    Let the punishment begin. The Manitou Incline - that brutal climb we love in spite of ourselves - is set to reopen at 10 a.m. Friday after a three-month overhaul. "It will be big," Colorado Springs spokeswoman Krithika Prashant promised of the trail's return. The city intends to mark the occasion with a celebration at the trailhead, but...

  • Trail Talk: Castle Rock park shows what can be achieved with hefty investment

    By now you might have heard of the new "Incline Lite" or "Mini-Ini" in Castle Rock. The 200-stair Challenge Staircase can be conquered in under five minutes. It's just one of many amenities in the town's new Philip S. Miller Regional Park. The 240-acre park includes 7 miles of trail, an aquatics center, trampoline area, golf simulator, batting...

  • New Castle Rock city park has something for everyone, including mini incline

    After her second trip to the summit - a 200-stair climb straight up a ridge - Diana Pine could have been forgiven for cursing. Instead, she was full of praise. "This is the best thing they could have done for me," the Castle Rock woman exclaimed between gasps, grateful for a demanding new workout routine. Known as the Challenge Staircase...

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