Manitou Incline Will Close From August Until December

The Manitou Incline, a popular hiking route near Manitou Springs, is again set to close for improvements in August.

The Gazette reports that the Incline, which rises 2,000 vertical feet up an old rail corridor over roughly a mile, will close Aug. 22 through Dec. 2 for the second phase of a multi-million dollar improvement and stabilization project.

Officials also announced Friday that there will be new hours of operation at the Incline, with climbers limited to starting the trail between 6 a.m. and 8 p.m. from April through October, and from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. November through March.

Manitou Police Chief Joe Ribeiro says police will be patrolling the area to make sure trespassers are stopped.