Palmer Trail (Section 16)

MODERATE 379 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
1702 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

hiking
1 day ago

Popular area. A good climb for some exercise. Nice views at the top. Didn't like walking paved road for just a short jaunt, but otherwise a nice trail. More info and pics here: https://etbtravelphotography.com/2017/12/30/road-trip-denver-to-dallas-and-back/

hiking
5 days ago

Great hike. Counter clockwise makes for an good heart rate increasing climb with a gentle 4 mile cool down.

11 days ago

This is a beautiful well maintained trail; however, thieves smashed my 4Runner’s window and stole whatever wasn’t bolted down in my car, along with several other vehicles in the area. The local police did not investigate or follow-up on my complaint.

hiking
30 days ago

Hiked this route on 1/13/18 - really enjoyed our time! The first half of the climb is uphill with switchbacks; nothing to complain about, was a great workout. Scenery is stunning - there’s a place about halfway through the loop to sit and take it in, recommended to sit for a while and enjoy! Depending on when you get there parking can fill up, but there are a few lots down the road to park at.

hiking
30 days ago

First mile is pretty much incline but the rest of the route is comfortable.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike. Moderately trafficked, not bad at all for a Saturday. Well marked, but know your route for a few of the initial intersections. Beautiful views of the springs and into the hills. Cold in the shade. Light patches of snow throughout. Great length/difficulty level for a short morning hike.

1 month ago

Fun trail with a good incline start and all downhill till the end. Cross a stream and some nice views. Use the map as the trail does have some forks and can get a little confusing.

1 month ago

Competing with bikers on narrow trail.

1 month ago

Great hike. Awesome scenery. Some good uphill work. Not sure if GPS tracks to trail route exactly as we were “off trail” quite a bit before reaching the high road yet seemed to never make a wrong term.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Great place to hike with the dog any time of year! Dog park is close by too!

hiking
2 months ago

I've hiked many trails but this one I find myself repeatedly coming back to it's beauty and challenges. Once you reach the top of this 5.2 mile hike it's breathtaking and a sense of serenity.

hiking
2 months ago

Ethereal views from the top. Relatively easy hike up off the trails.

2 months ago

very good

3 months ago

One of my favs. Really good during the week, when not super busy.

hiking
3 months ago

Long, and anticlimactic. Really nothing worth seeing in the trail, just a long way to get some exercises in.

3 months ago

Awesome

hiking
4 months ago

We did it counter clockwise. Wanted the challenge of the uphill first. Views are almost immediate. Rewards for every 100 yards you climb. Shaded in many areas so a coat and gloves (now) probably warranted. A couple spots with slippery skree. Loved it all!

4 months ago

Did this trail as my first "real" hike in Colorado. It was really great. The trail is not confusing, allows you to gain some elevation and trek through a few challenging areas. It is very beautiful through the tall trees. I took my dog and she loved it too!

trail running
4 months ago

Great trail for running or hiking. If you want more of a gradual increase in elevation travel clockwise. There were times where the trail is thin and mountain bikers are attempting to pass so be careful with animals or children.

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