COLORADO SPRINGS — The first phase of the new Northern Incline Return Trail is complete and open to the public.
There are two new options for hikers to return from the Manitou Incline. One is accessed at railroad tie 1300 and the other is accessed at railroad tie 395.
The new return points will help lower traffic on the Barr Trail and are convenient for those who underestimate how difficult it is to hike the entire Incline. This will also be helpful for first responders in emergency situations.
The second phase of the Northern Incline Return will run through the Pike National Forest, but it still faces an approval process before work begins.
Before hiking the Incline, users have to make a free reservation.
To reserve a spot visit: https://coloradosprings.gov/parks/page/manitou-incline