- Associated Press - Friday, December 2, 2016

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A popular hiking route near Manitou Springs is back open following three months of repair work.

The Manitou Incline reopened Friday morning and hikers immediately began climbing the route, which rises more than 2,000-feet in about a mile.

The Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/2fYaKhK) that the incline closed in August for the second phase of a multi-million dollar improvement and stabilization project. The first phase involved cleaning up the middle portion of the trail and adding timber structures to prevent erosion. The second phase focused on the lower level.

The popularity of the trail has created some parking problems so on Saturday doughnuts and coffee will be served to the first 300 hikers who park farther away and take a shuttle to the incline.

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Information from: The Gazette, https://www.gazette.com

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