Men's basketball challenges the Manitou Incline

published August 29, 2011

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs men's basketball team hiked the famous Manitou Incline as part of an off-season team-building exercise. Click on the link for photos from the event.

Completed in 1907 the Manitou Incline was a one-mile cable tram built to support the construction of a hydroelectric plant and it's waterline. After performing this service the railway was then purchased by Dr. Brumbach and turned into a tourist attraction. The incline boasted a 16 minute ride to "scenic splendors," 10 miles of hiking trails in Mount Manitou Park and claimed to be the "longest and highest incline on the globe."

In 1990, the Manitou Incline closed after a rockslide damaged the tracks and the Cog Railway, which was by then running the incline, decided to cease the failing operation and focus on the profitable Cog Railway. Ever since then, the route has seen a steady stream of runners, joggers, hikers, walkers, and even some crawlers. The route is short and steep, gaining nearly 2000 feet of elevation in 3/4 of a mile it is truly a Colorado workout.

The rails have been pulled up, however most of the old ties remain. The slope of this trail reaches 50 degrees at one point, which is why so many people use this trail for a workout.

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