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Hiking in/around Pikes Peak area

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Hiking in/around Pikes Peak area

We have 4 full days in the Manitou Springs area. We are very active and enjoy a good strenous hike.

Is a full day hiking Garden of the Gods too much time?

2nd day hiking up Pikes Peak/Cog Railway back down

Incline Hike

Any other suggestions?????? Preferably w/in an hour or so drive. Thanks

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1. Re: Hiking in/around Pikes Peak area

The trail head of all the hikes you mention are within an hour's drive of Colorado Springs/Manitou Springs. There are many trails in GOG, none too far from parking lots within GOG. So, if you decide you had too much for the day (altitude!). it's easy to quit.

Day 2: You may want to take the cog railway to the top, then on the way down get off the train about halfway down, and walk the trail back into Manitou Springs.

Incline: I would save that for the last day. It's steep. You can quit halfway up. In any event, don't try to come down on on the incline, but take the trail back to Mnitous Springs.

Incidentally, there is an open air area halfway between Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs. Right now I can't even think of its name, but it gets good reviews. You can see it right off US 24. Also Helena Falls is a nice hiking area.

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2. Re: Hiking in/around Pikes Peak area

The Manitou Springs Incline is coolest thing I ever climbed!

Climbing gear not needed, just good shoes and water.

Great chance to experience a world class Olympic training facility.

It also became legal in February of 2013.

I'm a 230 lb man from Michigan who works out everyday.

The climb took me one hour (2000 ft / 2400 steps) to 8500 ft peak.

Record times up the incline are in the 16 to 17 minute range.

Military personnel run it with packs on there back.

The switchback down is longer (1.5 hours.)

The scenery is beautiful and you can run faster pretty easily.

Bring camera, I was so excited I left mine in the car!

Pay to park at the railroad at the base, it's marked for Incline hikers.

Parking is 5 bucks and well worth it cause it's right at the base of the trail.

Edited: 04 September 2013, 08:11
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3. Re: Hiking in/around Pikes Peak area

Mueller State Park

…state.co.us/SiteCollectionImages/parks/Park…

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4. Re: Hiking in/around Pikes Peak area

In reply #1, the open space to which Treplow referred is Red Rock Canyon.

redrockcanyonopenspace.org/recreation/trails/

Helen Hunt Falls is in North Cheyenne Canon.

cheyennecanon.org/trails-in-north-cheyenne-c…

Edited: 04 September 2013, 21:09
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5. Re: Hiking in/around Pikes Peak area

The OP completed her trip and posted a terrific review of all the great hiking they did:

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g33537-i1698-k6781…

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6. Re: Hiking in/around Pikes Peak area

Yawn!! Well, at least the links will help the next person. Now, I even remember reading that trip report.

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