The Manitou Springs Incline is about.88 miles (1.42 km)., starts at 6,500 feet (2,000 m) with its Peak @ 8,590 feet (2,620 m). An immense and rewarding challenge. At the start point there is a sign stating: Extreme Hike. I think it should read – Extreme exhilaration. Ultimate view. Exceeding expectation. Intrinsic Insight.
126 Cimino Drive, Colorado Springs. In 1893, 36 yr old professor Katharine Lee Bates wrote American patriotic song, inspired by her visit to Pikes Peak (America’s Mountain). This park celebrates the song and the mountain. Oh beautiful, for spacious skies, For amber waves of grain, For purple mountain majesties Above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea. Oh beautiful, for pilgrims’ feet Whose stern, impassioned stress A thoroughfare for freedom beat Across the wilderness! America! America! God mend thine ev’ry flaw; Confirm thy soul in self control, thy liberty in law! Oh beautiful, for heroes proved In liberating strife, Who more than self their country loved And mercy more than life! America! America! May God thy gold refine, ‘Til all success be nobleness, and ev’ry gain divine! Oh beautiful, for patriot dream That sees beyond the years, Thine alabaster cities gleam Undimmed by human tears! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, And crown thy good with brotherhood, from sea to shining sea!
Red Rocks Canyon Open Space is located south of US 24 between Colorado Springs and Manitou Springs and is a space for hikes and outdoor recreation. One of my favourite places in the whole world :)