Aug 12, 2014 5:36 PM by Leah Kraus
If you're hoping to climb the Manitou Incline before construction starts on Monday organizers want you to aim to do it by the end of Friday.
During a press conference Tuesday afternoon at the base of the incline, representatives from the City of Colorado Springs said that runners from the Pikes Peak Ascent and Marathon will be in the area this weekend and that could make hiking the incline trickier.
If you're an early bird and can make it up the incline by 6 a.m. on Monday they will let you through for one final hike.
The entire project will cost about $1.5 million and is being done to improve safety, sustainability, and accessibility. Organizers insist they don't want to change the feel of the incline.
"We are going to do everything we can to keep the character of the incline so hopefully when it reopens in December there won't be a lot of changes that you see," says Project Manager Sarah Bryarly.
If all goes according to plan organizers hope to have the incline back open by December 1st.
The City of Colorado Springs has compiled a list of alternate trails to take advantage of while the incline is closed. Those trails include Garden of the Gods, Ute Valley Park, and Bear Creek Nature Center.