Plan your hiking for the morning when its cooler and fewer people out
There are great trails out the the back door of our Manitou Springs boutique hotel, a Colorado bed and breakfast inn at the base of Pikes Peak. Out our back gate and up the street, Pawnee Ave., is the Paul Intemann Memorial Trail heading east and west. When you head east you will need to walk back the way you came to return to the bed and breakfast. Heading west your hike will end on Ruxton Ave. then you continue your walk down Ruxton Ave to Manitou Ave then east to the Manitou Springs B&B. The Intemann trail is a heart thumper as you climb Pawnee but once on the trail head the hike is very pleasant with great views. Takes maybe an hour.
There is a leg off the Intemann trail up to Red Mountain is a short hike but worth it. at this point the trail starts climbing rather steeply along with some scree. Once you reach the bare saddle keep left to the summit. Enjoy great views including Manitou Springs, Williams Canyon, The Incline and Pikes Peak.
The Iron Mountain trail, as with the Intemann trail, there is accessed from the end of Pawnee Dr approximately 100 feet from the Intemann Trail trail-head on the left is Iron Mountain trailhead. The summit is one mile from the Pawnee Drive trail-head and about 1.3 miles from Crystal Park Road. The first half-mile from the Crystal Park Road trail-head has some steep sections, making it just a bit more difficult than approaching from Pawnee Drive. Also, the trail maps posted at the various Intemann trail-heads do not show the new trail, so they may be a bit confusing. A nice not so traveled hike because it is a newer open space in Manitou Springs.
The Manitou Incline is a work out. This hike is not for everyone There is an elevation gain of nearly 2,000 feet in less than a mile with a grade as steep as 68%. Bring water The Incline is one mile from our Manitou Springs lodging accommodations, Avenue Hotel Bed and Breakfast