I've posted a few times about the Pike's Peak Incline lately and several people requested that I take pictures the next time I hiked it. Well I did it this morning and took several pictures. First of all here are some background info about the incline if you don't know much about it. It's a 1.5 mile staircase made out of railroad wood and ties that goes a good deal up the side of one of the eastern parts of Pike's Peak. The top of the incline will put you a full 4 miles into the journey up the trail on Pike's Peak (if you were going for the entire thing). Otherwise it leaves you with either a long staircase back down or a 4 mile run down the mountain trail known as the Bar Trail. It's hard to take pictures of the incline to represent the full length of it due to the several very steep parts that are out if sight in most angles. For example, here's a shot from where the trail meets the incline. The incline technically starts about 100 feet lower than this but that part is almost completely covered in sand and I doubt many people ever hike it. What looks like the end at the top is actually known as the "False Summit" with good reason. You are only seeing about two thirds of the incline in this picture. Here's a shot looking back down after a good ways up. It's safe to say that the spot in the previous picture is about as far down as you can see on the trail below. This next picture was taken looking up from exactly the same spot the picture above was taken. As you can see it is quite steep and there is still a good ways to go until the false summit, which you can see at the top of the image. The incline is not for those who don't like to get their hands a bit dirty. In some spots like the one pictured below it is steep enough that the stairs start to feel like a ladder. Now here's a zoomed shot near the top of the incline. Still a lot to go as you can see from the size of the people and the angle of the trail. And here's a shot from the the top with a good view of just how far up the incline will take you. As you can see the parking lot is FAR below by now, as is the rest of the city. There are also a lot of people who bring their dogs up with them. As you can see here a dog has almost made it up to the top. I decided to climb out a bit onto some rocks. and get a good angle of the last part of the trail. And of course the view from the top is amazing. Well see for yourself. Here's a shot looking back at the city and Garden of the Gods. And a shot looking south towards the west. And another shot looking west. It's hard to capture the view with a camera but here's yet another shot looking west as we started back down the trail. And here's a shot of another peak (not Pike's) in the mountain range that is viewable from the trail. And last but not least, Pike's Peak from a little closer than most people will ever see it. And that's saying a lot considering that this is AFTER the full incline. This was a shot from the top of the incline and then some. You can see just how far away it still is. They say Pike's Peak will take a good hiker around 5-7 hours to hike one way. If you take the trail the entire way it's a 13 mile hike up and a 26 mile hike both ways. If you are in good shape and are a good hiker you would be looking at a minimum of 10 hours if you hiked the trail the entire time. If you start off with the incline you can cut about 3 miles off of the initial part but you won't save much time due to the increased level of difficulty compared to the trail. And that's it. I didn't take pictures during the 4 mile downhill trail however because it started to rain and we were pretty much running the entire thing anyway. There's not much time to stop and smell the roses when there is thunder and lightning near you and for the most part there aren't many trees near you (for the first part of the downhill run). The trail isn't as interesting as the incline anyway though. It's a lot of steep trails with rocks and tree roots in the path. Yes it is possible to fall off in some places but the idea is to be smart and not run so fast that you can't turn in time. So, anyone planning to come out to Colorado soon and tackle this bad boy? I'll be hiking the full Pike's Peak soon and I'll definitely take plenty of pictures during that as well. That is going to be crazy though because I'm going to do the full 26 mile up and down hike. I've been trying to do the incline once a week to help get in good enough shape to do the full peak. That won't be for another month and a half or so though so I'll have enough time that it won't be a problem... hopefully not at least. Anyway, hope you enjoyed this post. If you have any questions about the incline or Pike's Peak feel free to ask. I will at least try to give you an informative answer.