I know the ski season is basically over for me because this past weekend I actually chose hiking over skiing. My friend Kate and I had originally planned on skiing at Keystone on Sunday, but we had both skied the day before and were unexcited about the prospect of skiing on icy, melting snow again. Plus the weather on the Front Range was beautiful this weekend, and there were highs near the 70s on Saturday and Sunday. When I suggested hiking the Incline in Manitou Springs instead of skiing, Kate was game. I didn’t necessarily explain to her what the Incline entails, but I kind of think it was better that way.
Good morning from the Incline!
The Incline is an old railroad track that crazy people in Colorado hike up for fun, and making people do the Incline is a minor hobby of mine. My crowning achievement was probably last spring when I somehow rallied seven of my friends to hike the Incline at sunrise, which involved leaving Denver around 4:00 a.m. I can be very persuasive! Kate and I took a much more relaxed approach to the Incline. We left Denver at 9:00 a.m., which is sleeping in compared to the times I leave for skiing, and headed south to the Springs. I think the last time I did the Incline was in July so I was definitely overdue.
Kate and I took a few breaks but made it up to the top in great time. The weather was kind of perfect, and when we started it was cool and overcast. By the time we got to the top the clouds had cleared and there was blue sky to be found.
After making it to the top, we hiked back down the Barr Trail and talked about how excited we are for the summer. I can never be sad when ski season is over because Colorado summer is just that good. There’s so many things to look forward to such as: hiking 14ers, camping, trail running, learning to fly fish with my roommate’s family (I’m inviting myself along), white water rafting, Wash Park BBQs, Rockies games, ultimate frisbee, rock climbing…you get the idea. And then, after summer comes fall and golden aspen time. Then, after golden aspen time comes ski season again! It’s the circle of life, Colorado style.