Palmer Trail

MODERATE 119 reviews

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 accessible from March until November. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

5.2 miles 2119 feet Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
5 hours ago

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.

hiking
3 days ago

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hiking
10 days ago

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.

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hiking
2 months ago

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.

2 months ago

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!

2 months ago

little steep right from beginning but really enjoyed it . with beautiful views

hiking
3 months ago

3 months ago

Great hike for all ages. Super view of the city!

hiking
3 months ago

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.

3 months ago

Great views, nice little side trail to a waterfall.

3 months ago

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

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!

trail running
4 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Awesome views.