Palmer Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Colorado Springs, CO that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Great hike for all ages. Super view of the city!
Excellent trail! A must do for all hiking lovers out there. Found the head trail easy, although parking at the trail head was full we got lucky 100 meters down the road when a vehicle was leaving. There is more parking downhill.
We started counterclockwise and it is up and up and up. It felt like miles going up but it was exactly 1.89 miles when we got to the top.
Awesome views coming up, so a camera-phone for those great views is a must. Coming down was nice, open and very comfortable (safe).
Busy trail with hikers, dog and bikes. Everyone respect each other "speed" throughout the trail, moving to the side, braking and stopping the bikes coming down, etc.
It is not an easy hike, although very nice and will give your heart a pump going up.
Great views, nice little side trail to a waterfall.
Hiked this trail Section 16/Palmer trail - was recommended to do the trail counter clockwise. Pretty steep in beginning - excellent thigh and leg burn. Once to the top - approx 1 mile beautiful vistas. Continued hike which slowly descended. Loved this hike!
very nice trail, steep on one half of hike but doable. lots of people use this trail. we will definitely go back!
Went around counter clockwise and the incline was pretty rough for the first mile or so. I also had a 40 lb kid strapped to my back so hard to say how bad it really was. The view once you peak is amazing and is pretty smooth sailing from there. Stopped at a little creek crossing to cool off which was great. Will try to go clockwise next to to see the difference.
Wow, what a workout, but worth every step.
One of my favorite trails! Great Views - the first half of the hike had some challenge to it! Appreciated all of the helpful comments, really helped me find the trail head and figure my way back at the end (scroll down to the post by Steve M, super helpful!)
I hike this trail at least once/week. The first 1.8 miles have an elevation gain of about 1100ft, the other 4 miles are downhill. Popular trail. Hard to find parking aftet 730AM.
This trail kicked my, and my dog's, butt. It was 6 miles, predominantly uphill. Absolutely incredible views and I met some wonderful people! It helped that my dog was hooked to waist so he pulled me up most of it.
There are a few waterfalls scattered throughout, too. Absolutely will do again.
This trail was not well marked and steep in places.
Nice trail not too far out of town. Have been on better trails.
Love this hike. It's fun to do in the winter if you don't mind getting messy. Locals call it Section 16, and it's also labeled Palmer Loop Trail. It intersects with the Paul Inteman trail on the north side. It is also part of the Ring The Peak trail system.
If you are not in shape, the first 3/4 mile (if you go counter clockwise, which I highly recommend) is very steep (at least the last half mile to the summit when you hit the pine forest).
Trail head is easy to find. Take 21st street south from Hwy 24, go west on Lower Gold Camp road. Parking lot is a couple miles up on right. There is parking further down if lot is full, and at Bear Creek Park.
Going counter clockwise, The trail dumps you onto High road, and you'll need to walk down the road back to Lower Gold Camp Road back to the parking lot.