Hmm. Challenge accepted.
The Manitou Incline was built as a cable car to carry materials to build pipelines on Pikes Peak. After the pipelines were finished, it was turned into a tourist attraction. A rock slide damaged a section of track in 1990, so the Manitou Incline was closed down and the rails removed. Some locals started using it for a tough workout. Until February 2013, a portion of it was private property and it was illegal to hike up the ties of the old cable car. It is known as one of, if not the most popular, hike in the Colorado Springs area.This is considered an extreme trail and is an advanced hike! The Incline gains almost 2,000 feet of elevation over less than 1 mile. It’s not for the faint of heart, but people from all walks (or climbs) of life have given it a go. It is, perhaps, the most unique and challenging trail in the country, attracting runners, Olympic athletes and cyclists. The trail is also used by military personnel and even soccer moms. More than anything, the Manitou Springs Incline is famous for dishing out a tough workout. “I can’t think of any particular workout, route, or activity that forces you to push your boundaries quite like the Incline does,” said Cameron Chambers, national mountain bike champion. “Redlined - that is the only word I can think of when describing the workout the Incline gives you.”
New Balance showing a commitment to the mountain/trail/ultra world.
I have started photographing trail signs on my runs. There are so many trails throughout this area and they all have signs. The wooden ones are from a trip to N.C. and were taken in Smoky Mountain National Forest.
Had a nice 2 mile walk today. The weather is beautiful out, my stressful month at work is over and it was good to breath some fresh air. I feel light and happy.
The Fred Marquis Trail began as a vision in 1983. A man whose son was killed while riding his bike, helped form the Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organizations Bicycle Advisory Committee, consisting of bicycle enthusiasts. The committee, in conjunction with the Pedestrian Safety Committee, wanted a safe place to enjoy bicycle riding, strolling or jogging. The county had a separate problem - what to do with a 34-mile corridor of abandoned CSX railroad right of way.
The committees’ dream became a reality in 1990, when the first 6-mile section of the Pinellas Trail opened, connecting Taylor Park in Largo to Seminole Park in Seminole. The trail became immensely popular, with usage figures exceeding all expectations. With the passage of the first Penny for Pinellas one-cent local option sales tax, plans were put into motion to connect the County, from north to south, with a continuous trail.
Awesome run in my new shoes! Did 2.57 miles running the first 2 miles and then walking the last 1/2 to cool down. Managed a pace of 13:15 which is way better than I usually manage when running alone. Checked out a section of the Pinellas Trail near my house and really liked it.
I had been nervous because on the map it looked rather narrow and also rather frightening with very few populated areas nearby. In actuality this portion of the trail is very wide and there were a lot of turnoffs into neighborhoods. I also saw a lot of cyclists and runners out as well as gaggles of teenages. I think this will be my new go to spot for running. I will still choose other locations for walking because it is a fairly boring trail.
I think if I had places like this near by to hike I would hike every day.
Smokey Mountain National Park, North Carolina