The Manitou Incline: Understanding Colorado’s Iconic Vertical Hike

There’s something special about Colorado’s Manitou Incline. With 2,000 feet of elevation gain in less than a mile, it’s a brutal but beautiful hike with a cult following.

Whether you hike “the Incline” 100 times a year or have never even heard of it, this video from Salomon is worth a watch. Chronicling one of Colorado’s most famous hiking trails, it dives deep into what makes this trail so wildly popular.

One of the best parts is that you never know what you’re going to see on the Incline. From a hiker with a pet parakeet to a guy pogo-sticking his way to the top, it’s always an experience. And trust us, it always feels harder than it looks.

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Mallory Paige

Pro Gear Tester Mallory Paige is always up for adventure. Whether motorcycle camping across North America (with her dog in a sidecar!), paddling whitewater in a tiny packraft, or traveling in a van she's always ready to pivot and turn a challenge into an opportunity. When not busy obsessing about gear, she can be found building an off-grid homestead in the remote mountains of Colorado.

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