Hikers rejoice over the reopening of the Manitou Incline

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — For everyone out there that loves to hike the Incline, it’s time to rejoice, because the trail is back open after being closed for three months for restoration.

Even though there are plenty of other hiking spots, the Incline is one of the most popular in the Springs.

Some people need to work out there.

“You tend to go neurotic without the Incline, so I’m happy to have it back,” said Seth Kolosso.

He is one of many people jumping right back on the trail the second it’s open, all because of the challenge.

“Just a sense of accomplishment. I go for time, but think just being able to do it is something in and of itself,” said Kolosso.

The restoration was only phase two of three. This time, they tackled the lower part of the trail. They needed to do it because it’s built on decomposed granite, meaning it wants to slide off.

“Trying to make it more sustainable for the Incline. To continue to control erosion control down the line, as far as the weather goes,” said Erik Mondargon, project manager for the restoration.

Another big change is parking. The Barr camp trail lot is now reservation only and $20 a day.

>> READ MORE: Reservations now required for Barr Trail Lot parking

If you park in the Hiawatha Gardens lot in Manitou, you can take a free shuttle right up to the trailhead.

“I think it’s a great idea, but I think that there are people who are still going to go up Ruxton to get to the Barr Trail,” said Inez Loria, who live on Ruxton Avenue. She thinks there will be a short adjustment period before people start using the shuttle full-time.

In the meantime, hikers are just glad to get back into their groove, getting as much out of this massive hike as possible.

“I think it’s just a spirit thing. A challenge thing. It’s good physically, it’s good emotionally, and it’s good mentally, so that’s what it means to me,” said Kolosso.

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