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Apr 1, 2013 10:40 AM by Adam Atchison & Elaine Sheridan

Big event for legalization of "Incline"

It has been legal for a couple of months, but today a formal ceremony will reconize the incline and the legal use of it.

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet and congressman Doug Lamborn are attending a ceremony on Monday morning recognizing the new designation.

The Manitou Incline, an abandoned cable car route west of Colorado Springs, rises more than 2,000 feet in a mile, and railroad ties serve as makeshift steps.

Manitou Springs and Colorado Springs both agreed to manage the trail, and all the conditions for legally opening it have been met.

Even though it had been considered trespassing, as many as 500,000 people a year have been hiking the incline for years before it became legal.

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