I recently visited my favorite little loop of a trail in Colorado, the Castle Rock mini incline. If you want a fun and challenging workout, check out the Challenge Staircase in Castle Rock, CO. Also know as the Mini Incline, this is a great workout that starts with 200 steps going up the trail followed by a nice half mile recovery downhill the leads back to the bottom of the stairs.
Nowhere near as daunting and definitely not to be confused with the Incline in Manitou Springs, the Challenge Staircase is located in Philip S. Miller Park south of Denver where there’s plenty of parking and other amenities to keep you busy.
The great thing about this trail is that you can gear it toward any fitness level. One loop is 0.6 miles, so you can do it as many times as you want in order to create your workout as long or as short as you’d like.
If you’re the type of athlete that likes to counts steps while you’re running or strokes while you’re swimming, you’ll love this trail. Every ten steps are numbered. And counting the steps is a nice distraction when you’re breathing hard.
Once your complete the 200 steps, your rewarded with great views at the top and a chance to rest on the Adirondack chairs.
But why rest when you can do some pushups at the table at the top and then continue to a downhill recovery?
To include your upper body for a total body workout, I like to do pushups or dips at both the bottom and top of the staircase.
The first 100 feet of the trail heading back down are rocky, but it smooths out after that.