The mini incline at Castle Rock is a smaller version of the Manitou Incline. At 200 steps, it is perfect for a workout.
To those who know the mini incline, they also know it as the staircase challenge. It is a popular place for locals and tourists to get their exercise. It is wide enough for people to be walking up and down at the same time. The traveler is rewarded with spectacular views when they reach the top. The large steps made out of timber make the climb doable for almost anyone, but they also act as the perfect incline to get a great heart rate going. It is the perfect place to get a workout for your legs as well. For those who do not want to take the steps back down to the bottom, there is a trail that loops back down to the bottom. Often people stay at the top to both take a breather and to enjoy the views. From the top you can see much of the rest of the park along with great vistas of Douglas County. The park has even supplied chairs for people who want to stay longer at the top.
The elevation at the top is fairly high, so for those who are not fit enough to climb the 200 steps, or people who would not feel comfortable at that altitude after such an exertion, the paths also lead up to the top. People can take the steps at their own pace, and while some will be using them as a real workout, they are wide enough that you would never be in anyone’s way. Nobody will have any problems if you want to take lots of breaks as you make your way to the top. The steps are numbered so you can keep track of where you are and how much further you still have to go.
The entire trail is six miles long, but there are various places to take a short cut back. Entry to the park is free, and it has recently undergone a renovation that has added other attractions to the park.