After my hike on the Barr Trail (Pikes Peak) with my cousin, Donna, I showed Tom the pictures and told him about the Incline Trail. To my surprise, he said let's go do it! So 2 days after hiking Barr Trail and going to Barr Camp we hit the Incline Trail. This trail is the remains of a former incline railway which washed out during a rock slide in 1990. Now it's a huge fitness challenge for locals and tourists. It has grades as steep as 68% in places and climbs over 2,000 feet of elevation in less than one mile (.9). Yikes! The plan was to climb the incline and then decend Barr Trail (another 2.5 miles back to the parking lot). After making it to the top in just over an hour (not bad for our first time), and then getting our legs and lungs back to working order, we booked a reservation on the cog to be picked up at Mtn. View (1.5 miles from Barr Camp) and continued hiking up to Barr Camp to visit Renee & Anthony one more time (and to save us the trip of hiking down!). In addition to spending some quality time with Renee, and getting to know her better (Anthony had hiked into town this day so unfortunately we only saw him for a few minutes before catching our cog), we had some fun times with the 35 Army service men and women who were training on the Incline and hike to Barr Camp.
|See the start of the Incline WAY down below?!|
|Great to see you again, Renee & Anthony!|
|waiting for our cog pickup|
|Scott & Tess - their new home - HUGE deck with an incredible view!|
|Tess & Scott's house tucked in the woods on the mountain - 9,800ft|
Next up...bagging two more state high points (New Mexico and Oklahoma) before heading to Albuquerque, NM for the Balloon Festival. Excited to see my brother, Michael, and his family who are flying in on Friday to join us at the Festival this weekend. See you soon, Bro, Meghan, Taite and Jax!
Til next time...Happy Trails!