Palmer Divide Ranch Trail

EASY 9 reviews

Palmer Divide Ranch Trail is a 4.4 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Larkspur, Colorado. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, horses, mountain biking, and snowshoeing. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.4 miles
298 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking


Trail winds through grassland and up along wooded ridge; low elevation gain. Travel 4.5 miles on Palmer Divide Ranch Trail through upland meadows to Cherry Creek. Ascend to forested rocky ledges that lead back toward the trail head.

5 hours ago

Great hike. Lots of scrub oak and cool rocks. Came back via the meadow behind the ranch house, down by the picnic tables. Lots of big cotton woods. Will do this one again in the spring when everything greens up. Saw a group of six horses on a trail ride. Not many people. Trail was muddy in spots and saw a really big critter's foot print. Not sure what it was but the dog sniffed the trail like we were on a search and rescue training course so there must have been something interesting up there.

9 days ago

Quick 4.5 miles. Cute tire swing and creek near trail. Only one other car in the parking lot on a Friday afternoon.

1 month ago

Easy walking trail and enjoyed it more than I expected. River access on east side and water was clean. I suggest starting with the Lincoln loop on west then head east to finish with this loop. Total is 8.4 miles.

2 months ago

Nice rambling walk more than a hike. Pretty views to the south. Clearly a horse trail! Easy 4+ Miles

2 months ago

A solid trail. Beautiful vistas of the valley. The willow picnic area is breathtaking - I can only imagine how it must feel during the summer.

8 months ago

We really enjoyed our first hike of this trail today. This is a great trail if you're looking for something that is a little longer but does not have a lot of uphill hiking. We went a day after some heavy rain, and the trail was really muddy in spots. I would recommend waiting a few days after a heavy rain so that the trail is dryer. We enjoyed the open plain aspect of the hike as well as being up on top of the Butte. We will definitely be back for this one!

Monday, May 19, 2014

Fairly easy; little elevation gain; through grass meadow and up along small rocky ridge. Nice views of valley, but too many buildings. Very light traffic on a mild Sunday evening.

4 months ago

recorded Ridge larkspur

Wednesday, June 01, 2016