Palmer Trail (Section 16)

MODERATE 214 reviews
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Palmer Trail (Section 16) 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.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2119 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

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hiking
3 days ago

Walked counter clockwise and enjoyed the workout. Excellent views.

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
6 days ago

Great trail and beautiful views. Not a fan of the last quarter mile walk down gold camp road though.

8 days ago

A little tricky to know where to head from the trailhead as there are multiple smaller trails that weave around and join back to the main trail.

Steep hike for the first two miles (looping counter clockwise), but beautiful views of the city, GoG and glimpses of several city landmarks.

Hiked mid June and began around 8:45 and it was HOT for the second half of the hike. If hiking in the summer, hydrate accordingly!

I'll probably hike in the opposite direction next time!

trail running
8 days ago

So much fun going down. Great views, and we'll maintained trails.

hiking
11 days ago

This hike was exhilarating. First of all, I didn't realize that it looped so my husband and I did a total of 10 miles as we went all the way back as the sun was setting. I slipped on ice and slid partly down the side of one mountain, it rained on us and we spent the last 35 minutes in darkness. It was crazy but worth it!

12 days ago

hiking
12 days ago

Great views, leisurely hike throughout.

13 days ago

hiking
13 days ago

As always the first mile is a challenge but once on top the landscape is spectacular. The stream is flowing at the footbridge. The parking lot was full but I never ran into very many people. Don't park on the side of the road where the sign says no parking. The Ranger gave out 6 or 7 tickets to those that did.

hiking
17 days ago

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hiking
17 days ago

This is my go-to hike - absolutely love it!

hiking
17 days ago

very challenging up hill for 1.5 miles at the start of the hike. It was a great workout! beautiful views from the summit, and a peaceful descend on the back side of the loop. When we crossed the little bridge at the waterfall, there were 30 or so purple butterflies all around. It was beautiful.

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