Palmer Trail is a 5.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Very enjoyable hike on a warm day; very little snow on the trail. Relatively strenuous climb when traversing the trail by heading North from the trail head; opposite direction on the loop results in a much more gradual climb to the high point. Upper areas have beautiful views.
Great hiking, very close to the springs. The trail isn't crowded like the Incline. Decent amount of parking, but like most trails, the earlier you get there , the better chance you have of getting a spot. First half of this hike is challenging. Possible need for spikes ... or just be very careful on the north face of one of the mountains after the Section 16 confluence .
Lower elevation. Hot in summer. It was ok but much better hikes at higher elevation.
Lower elevation. Hot in summer. It was ok but much better hiked at higher elevation.
Really great trail with some fairly challenging areas. It had a decent amount of iced over areas but nothing that some normal sneakers couldn't handle. Views were really cool.
Great trail. I prefer to do the steep part first then turn around and head back down for a total trip of 3.46 miles. It's not very sunny on the steepest section so in the winter it gets cold on the way back down. Staying warm on the way up is no trouble if you are moving at a good clip. If you continue for the remainder of the 5+ miles it is a nice winding relatively down hill trail. Good for running or biking, but I get bored walking this distance. I call the first section "the dog bathroom" because it smells like it. It'd be nice if pet owners would clean up after pets.
Me and my husband hike this trail often, we really like it. Challenging in the beginning but once you get to the top it is nice and easy. Sometimes we go the entire loop and other times we go just for the first part (the steep side), to the top and back down, depending on the amount of time we have. We have a dog and ALWAYS clean ... what we do not like it is the fact that other pet owners do not know how to clean after their dog and the trail gets dirty and smelly.
Lots of gravel on the way down and be sure to keep your map on if you enter at section 16 so you can find your way back to the trailhead. Beautiful, peaceful, friendly crowd and not to crowded for a Sunday. Seems amazing for mountain biking too!