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How to survive your first hike up the Manitou Springs Incline

By: Ernestas Tyminas, The Gazette
The Manitou Incline is the region's steepest and most popular trail, 2,700 steps and 2,000 feet elevation gain in a mile.
It is always easier to find excuses why not to do the incline, but this time you should really do it. The incline is open from dawn to dusk daily, and we are here to help you get to the top and back alive.
Free lemonade, doughnuts, and a zip-line are waiting for you at the top!

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Michael Berry hugs a tree for energy after making it  up the Manitou Incline Monday morning before the popular trek closed at 6 a.m. for repairs. It will reopen in December. Carol Lawrence/The Gazette.

HYDRATE 

Water, water, and more water. It is very important to not only drink water while you hike, but also being well-hydrated the day before you attempt the Manitou Incline. 

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INCLINE

PACE YOURSELF

Don't take off running if you want to make it to the top. It might seem easy at first, but trust us when we tell you that it will get harder. Much harder.

Whenever you think of quitting, think about the free lemonade, doughnuts and a zip-line waiting for you at the top

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INCLINE OPENING

TAKE AS MANY BREAKS AS YOU WANT

There is nothing wrong with taking a break, or a few hundred. Look around and enjoy the views. Drink some water. Notice you are not the only one struggling. 

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A hikers climb the Manitou Springs Incline Tuesday, May 24, 2016.

BEWARE OF FALSE PEAK

Don't get too excited, that probably is just the false peak. The good news is that you made it this far and only have a little more to go. Pat yourself on the back, drink some water and make it to the top.

Remember, free lemonade, doughnuts and a zip-line are waiting at top.

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INCLINE

YOU MADE IT

First off, we want to inform you that the free lemonade, doughnuts and a zip-line were fake news. But what is really important here is that you made it to the top! 

Perhaps the city should invest in that free lemonade and zip-line, though?

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RELAX

RELAX

Take some time to relax, do some yoga, meditate, or encourage others as they make it to the top.

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Brian Wilfong makes his way down the Manitou Incline, as John Stumbo makes his way up Monday morning before the popular trek closed at 6 a.m. for repairs.  Carol Lawrence/The Gazette.

DON'T GO DOWN THE STAIRS

If this is your first time, we highly recommend that you don't go down the incline. 

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Barr Trail

BARR TRAIL

We recommend taking the beautiful Barr trail down. The views are nice and you don't have to worry about so many people climbing up.

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INCLINE RECORD

REWARD YOURSELF

Now that you made it down, reward yourself with some amazing food in Manitou Springs or Old Colorado City.

Get yourself doughnut and that lemonade you've been thinking about — you burned off all those calories already!

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