This morning I caught a ride over and arrived about 530 am. Come to find out an officer was waiting at the trailhead advising that the trail opens at 600 am. But if I'm running the Youk Trail that is open 24 hours wink wink. So I made my way up and found myself staring at this iconic location.
|Stock photo because all my shots are on the gopro|
So I started climbing about 545 am. I started out in a slow trot and quickly came to a screeching halt and was power hiking like crazy. About 3/4 way up i snapped this shot....AMAZING!!
I was dying, I was grinding, but I made it to the top in 38:59...and man oh man I'm pretty damn happy about that. Didn't have a ton of time because I had to get back to the conference so I started to head down when a crazy thing happened.
It's not recommended to hike back down the Incline. It's steep, loose footing, and tons of traffic. The other option is the Barr Trail which is all downhill, a ton of switch backs, and about 3 miles in length. I saw another trail runner heading down so I thought "don't know where I'm going so I'll follow this guy." Turns out he is an ultra runner and he was BOMBING down the trail. Not wanting to get lost I tucked in and did the best I could to keep up. Afterwards I thanked him, and he told me that people usually don't keep up with him on the downhill. Hell yeah...HUGE pat on the back lol. Then he was kind enough to give me a ride to the hotel...how awesome is this running / trail running community. So awesome!!
Such an amazing experience. Never thought in my wildest dream I would be crawling up the Manitou Incline. Sorry for lack of pictures but I have a ton of video and will be sharing later this week. So you have to come back lol.