I climbed the Manitou Incline this morning. It has been my life long dream since when I heard it existed yesterday.

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Top and Bottom

It took me about 42 minutes to get to the top, which is pretty good for a first time I think. I am not sure where exactly you’re supposed to start and stop timing so it’s not exact.

I was trying to make it a straight shot, no stops, but I couldn’t manage that. I had to take a few breathers, but I never sat down. I don’t think any of my rests were a full minute. It’s a pretty brutal little walk though. Still, my time was better than anyone I heard talking at the top, and I didn’t get passed by anyone I didn’t pass first or later. Although, some guys were carrying like 80 lb. backpacks, so that’s a bit unfair.

me at the top

There is an alternate path for going back down. It’s about twice as long, but way better. I knew going down the steps wasn’t recommended, but it’s a really un-fun idea, even if I hadn’t known, I woulda taken the path.

I would go again if anyone wants. I recommend going as early as possible. And it’s not really a hike for hikes sake. Do it if you want a challenge and bragging rights. It can be done by pretty much anyone, so long as you got the time. I saw a 1 legged woman on my climb.

Record walk

Went on a hike today. Lauren wanted to revisit Lawn Lake so she setup a short trip. We took Sidney this time.

Above Lawn Lake, are the Crystal Lakes. I left the girls, since they had each other, and made the attempt. They went back to the car. The trail past Lawn Lake is clearly rarely traveled. I saw nobody past Lawn Lake, or up at the lakes, or coming back. There were a few impediments.IMG_20160715_130211850-COLLAGE

But, I made it.


I also saw a few marmots and a pika. The pika wasn’t up high, though, didn’t need to go to the Crystal Lakes to see it. Couldn’t get a picture, though.

Anyway, the main point is that I walked 16.23 miles on the hike, according to my phone. I gained and lost 3,383 ft of elevation. Pedometer puts me at 40,961 steps for the day. Records all, except maybe the elevation. Just throwing that in for fun.

Lauren and Sidney were kind enough to wait 45 minutes for me at the car. I never caught up with them.