Challenging Inner City Wilderness Loop Palmer Park is one of the largest park/open spaces in the city of Colorado Springs. It contains excellent facilities: dog park, horse stable, riding trails, picnic areas, and for our purposes, hiking trails. My favorite is the four mile loop that circumnavigates the top of the mesa in the center of the park. The Templeton Trail begins and ends at the Yucca Flats trailhead. I suggest hiking clockwise on this trail because the trail signs are easier to read when moving in this direction. The trail is challenging in that you'll encounter a variety of topography and terrain along the way, rocks and dirt, up and down, zig and zag, more zig and zag combined with up and down. Dogs are allowed on the trail off-leash.