Poll: Do you hike the Incline?

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Do you hike the Manitou Incline? What's your time (from bottom to top step)?

5+ a week
2
2%
1-2 a week
6
7%
1-2 a month
3
4%
Handful times a year
27
32%
sub-30 minutes
9
11%
30-35 minutes
9
11%
36-40 minutes
11
13%
41-45 minutes
5
6%
46-50 minutes
4
5%
51-59 minutes
5
6%
1hr +
4
5%
 
Total votes: 85
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Re: Poll: Do you hike the Incline?

Post by madbuck » Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:55 pm

lordhelmut wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 3:26 pm
Last time I did the Barr Trail, the parking situation gave me a mild brain aneurism and then at the end of the day, I got cut off by a large group coming off the incline and had to take aggressive manuevers to get around them, most of which was met with hostility. I haven't been back since, which is a shame, cause I love that area despite the gaperdom.
I didn't like it 'on paper' either because of the gaperdom as well: 2-3 people across, Texas tourists, self-absorbed crossfitters, and headphones, so many headphones.

Then for a few years, this time of year, there was a solid Fatass run down in the Springs, we'd go up the Red Mtn, Incline to Rocky Mtn, Waldo (before the fire) and Garden, man I miss that run. It was fun running with a gang in January when it wasn't too crowded and it was just part of the day. I did it a half dozen or so other times, either just visiting town and doing a sunrise workout, running with a friend, heading up Pikes, or hiking with the family. And then I'd enjoy chatting with a local like a Stapanowich or a Zach or a Seth, and old people that knew everyone, and you can see how there's a culture. But I also did enjoy seeing others that were doing something personally challenging for them, working hard, without doing any of the disrespectful things that would have set me in a bad mood.

It probably also sucks more now with masks and distancing, and I wouldn't want to hit in late morning or later on a summer weekday. And I would only park for free and jog through town.
I guess it can be as good or annoying as you make it!
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Re: Poll: Do you hike the Incline?

Post by headsizeburrito » Mon Jan 25, 2021 5:39 pm

madbuck wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:55 pm
and headphones, so many headphones.
Better than speakers?
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Re: Poll: Do you hike the Incline?

Post by cougar » Mon Jan 25, 2021 6:02 pm

I need to do it someday, but the crowds and reservations make it less appealing. Although you can see Olympians train on it. At least it looks like a consistent grade with no gravel for something that steep, unlike Morrison. The Boulder trails like Fern Canyon are another good training line.

For the Inclinathon and 24 Hours of Towers, you have to drink a beer between each lap.
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Re: Poll: Do you hike the Incline?

Post by 9patrickmurphy » Mon Jan 25, 2021 7:31 pm

headsizeburrito wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 5:39 pm
madbuck wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:55 pm
and headphones, so many headphones.
Better than speakers?
Good God, so much better.

If I lived close by I bet I'd do the incline all the time. The 1.5 hr drive means I only did it once just to say I've done it. I like stairs a lot though, give me elevation gain over mileage any day. Views leave something to be desired, and the Barr trail isn't a fun or intersting descent.
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Re: Poll: Do you hike the Incline?

Post by ltlFish99 » Mon Jan 25, 2021 8:40 pm

If I was close to it, I would probably do it quit often.
But 200 plus miles away is a little to far.
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Re: Poll: Do you hike the Incline?

Post by madbuck » Mon Jan 25, 2021 9:20 pm

headsizeburrito wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 5:39 pm
madbuck wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:55 pm
and headphones, so many headphones.
Better than speakers?
Ha ha, that's getting even worse, isn't it?
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Re: Poll: Do you hike the Incline?

Post by jimwei » Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:39 am

headsizeburrito wrote:
Mon Jan 25, 2021 4:27 pm

Planning on doing a few laps to make the trip worthwhile. It looks like there is a connector trail between the Barr lot and the start of the Incline for laps, correct? Just refill water from the bathroom at the Barr lot, or is there another option? Any other logistics advice from the experts?

According to the website the Incline is only open 6am-3pm, so much for future 24 hour record attempts I guess... Not to mention it says to descend via Barr Trail rather than going back down the Incline. Makes sense from a safety standpoint when it's crowded, but probably also impacts comparison to previous records that presumably went both up and down the stairs.
There is a short connector from the bottom of the Incline to Barr TH. Not sure if the bathroom at Barr TH is open these days. A lot city park bathrooms are closed in the winter.

No one is there to check people in after 3 PM. I only do the Incline in the winter after work, less people to deal with.
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Re: Poll: Do you hike the Incline?

Post by WildWanderer » Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:54 am

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No one is there to check people in after 3 PM. I only do the Incline in the winter after work, less people to deal with.
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No one is there to check you in before 6am either. I often see police vehicles stationed at the Barr Lot between the hours of 2am-6am (not sure if that matters or not).
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Re: Poll: Do you hike the Incline?

Post by headsizeburrito » Tue Jan 26, 2021 11:38 am

jimwei wrote:
Tue Jan 26, 2021 10:39 am
Not sure if the bathroom at Barr TH is open these days. A lot city park bathrooms are closed in the winter.
I did Pikes from Barr on Jan 21 and the bathroom was open then at least.
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Re: Poll: Do you hike the Incline?

Post by jrs1965 » Tue Jan 26, 2021 12:24 pm

The Incline is twenty minutes from my house. I've been doing the Incline pretty regularly for the last 10 years now. My Incline this last Saturday was ascent number 512. Great workout, mental stress reliever, builds muscles and endurance. I always come down the front side of the Incline because that builds different muscles. My PR is 34 flat. Not bad for 55. I'm always training for the PPA, and now Dead Horse Ultra this year so the Incline, up Barr Trail, and in the summer running 3-2-1's from Pikes summit is my routine. An excellent routine for me. It can be a SS with crowds but I try and avoid that as much as possible. The way I see it, crowds are an issue almost anywhere in the state and they're not going away, ever. Enjoy the mountains while you can. Parking is also a SS. I've had a "season pass" for parking for the last five years from the Iron Springs Chateau. However, the Chateau has decided to no longer sell their season passes during the peak season. Also, as a hobby photographer it's a favorite spot to shoot. Overall, I love having it available and I'm 100% certain that I'm physically, and mentally in much better shape for it being here...
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Re: Poll: Do you hike the Incline?

Post by d_baker » Tue Jan 26, 2021 12:37 pm

^ Nice photos! I have several like those, except the nightscape city lights.

Totally agree on the mental health from doing the incline too.
Chateau parking....I have heard the Broadmoor might have their hands on that soon.
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Re: Poll: Do you hike the Incline?

Post by jrs1965 » Tue Jan 26, 2021 12:47 pm

d_baker wrote:
Tue Jan 26, 2021 12:37 pm
^ Nice photos! I have several like those, except the nightscape city lights.

Totally agree on the mental health from doing the incline too.
Chateau parking....I have heard the Broadmoor might have their hands on that soon.
Ugh, I know Brian at the Chateau would sell in a heartbeat if the Broadmoor met his price requirement. I've not talked to Brian in a while though since he's been snow-birding in his rv recently...

Edit: Brian had mentioned that he might sign a contract with the Broadmoor to park cog train passengers in the summer. That new cog train is really going to increase the number of daily passengers.
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