After three months of extensive restoration projects, the Manitou Incline will reopen at 10 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 5.
The City of Colorado Springs officially closed the Incline on Monday Aug. 18 in an effort to address erosion, habitat fragmentation due to human disturbance, and restoration and re-vegetation.
As of Monday, Dec. 1, new timbers had been anchored into the mountainside of the steepest section where the ties were in the worst condition. According to the Manitou Incline website, the anchors will reduce the chance that the timbers will slide down the face of the mountain.
The low temperatures and snow during Thanksgiving week slowed progress on repairs and delayed the re-opening of the famous hike from Dec. 1 to Dec. 5. Such weather events delayed both crews working directly on the Incline and the helicopter that was used to lift gravel and supplies to the work site.
The Incline Friends, a non-profit dedicated to making the Incline sustainable and open to the public, are offering the first 30 people who donate $250 or more to the Incline through the Indy Give! campaign the opportunity to climb the Incline the day before its official re-opening date.
In addition, the Incline Friends partnered with the Manitou Brewing Company to offer $1 off its amber lager, the Manitou Common beer, and $2 off all appetizers from 6 to 8 p.m. and the breweries location at 725 Manitou Ave.
The renovations mark the kickstart project for consistent maintenance of the Incline, an amenity that the Incline has not previously had due to ownership by multiple entities. Now that ownership has been given to the City of Colorado Springs, the city and the Incline Friends volunteers will ideally do routine maintenance.