Pass the gravy: Manitou Incline open in time for you to work off your Thanksgiving feast.

Pass the gravy: Manitou Incline open in time for you to work off your Thanksgiving feast.

The Manitou Incline Trail has reopened — ahead of schedule and just in time to work off that extra piece of Thanksgiving pumpkin pie.

Officials gave Timberline Landscaping the OK to lift the gate that’s been in place at the trailhead since August, when crews began repairs on the upper level of the former scenic railway. The city is calling it “a soft opening,” with a ribbon-cutting celebration still set for 8 a.m. Dec. 1.

“Couldn’t see holding off with such a beautiful weekend coming up!” Colorado Springs parks director Karen Palus wrote in a message to The Gazette.

About $2 million in improvements to the trail, which traverses a mile straight up the hill above Manitou Springs, included removing and replacing damaged retaining walls, cleaning up exposed rebar and loose debris, anchoring the existing ties, stabilizing the surrounding slopes, and replacing failed drainage structures and adding more drainage structures, Colorado Springs parks said in a news release.

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