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Palmer Trail (Section 16) is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Colorado Springs, Colorado that features a river 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.

Length 5.7 mi Elevation gain 1,292 ft Route type Loop

Dog friendly

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

Rocky

Snow

Waypoints (1)
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    Peak altitude

    38.82616, -104.90740

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Reviews (1756)
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Recordings (1575)
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Ramsha Augatis
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HikingRocky
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Taylor G.
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Hiking

Trail is well defined and partly shady. The last mile back to the parking lot is on the road but next to the creek so that’s nice.

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Caleb Word
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HikingRockyWashed out

When it comes to this hike, the recommendation is that you have a little more experience. This trail was hard to read at times and is extremely tiring. Also, depending on where you start is a game changer too. And half of the hike is absolutely breathtaking while the other half is a little less beautiful overall an incredible trail and I highly recommend it.

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Jaycee Logsdon
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Good hike, would definitely do again when it’s not as hot!

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Sara P
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Hiking

Lovely hike with beautiful views. If you struggle with knee pain on the downhill like I do, I recommend going counter-clockwise and taking the steep way up and the longer but gentle decent down. Made it all the way around without any pain! After all of the hard work on the switchbacks, you can enjoy the view and some easier steady hiking for the majority of the remaining trail.

James O'Brien
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HikingRocky

Gorgeous trail! Lots of tree coverage compared to most hikes in the area. Take a camelbak! We were thirsty even with one. The pups were pooped but it was a good time. Plenty of shade to rest in.

Rick Lancaster
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Hiking

We were lucky to find parking at 8:30 on a beautiful Saturday—an early-riser pulled out. Definitely agree with recommendations for a counter-clockwise hike: the steep trail and loose rocks are much easier uphill and less chance of an injury or fall. CCW puts the gradual and solid surface on the downhill side. Either way a beautiful hike.

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Katie Lockyear
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Hiking

Awesome trail! I went with my mom and brother and loved it! My mom has knee and hip problems but loved the hike!

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Alaja Caddell
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HikingRocky

Love this trail - amazing views!!

Tyler Walsh
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Running

This is my favorite trail to run on.

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Liz M
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Hiking

The first 2 or so miles going counter-clockwise were as hard as the reviews said, but it made the views at the top that much more rewarding. Was able to find a spot at the trailhead around 8:30 on a Sunday without issue.

Andrea Tuura
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HikingRocky

A challenging hike on the way up but very rewarding on the way down. I got started hiking at 9:30 am and the temp was already in the 80’s. Not too many people on the trail, but the parking lot was full. A good portion of this hike is shaded by the trees. The view up top is perfect for a little snack break! It took about 3 hours 15 minutes including a half hour break up top.

Alison Rose
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Hiking

Went counter-clockwise for the tough incline (altitude was killer for us out-of-staters), but made for an easy downhill hike the rest of the way. Was glad the uphill section was shaded as it was hot! There were two small areas of exposure that my husband didn't like (due to heights) on the way down, but he easily made it past them. Encountered a few bikers headed in the opposite direction, but overall the trail wasn't busy. Road walk for the way back to the car, but not awful (and near a stream).

Kimberly Pine
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Challenging hike. Arrived at 7:30 and both parking lots were nearly full. Went counter clockwise and it was brutally steep at times. Got to the first overlook and turned around. This area is only partially shaded. Should maybe be ranked higher and moderate due to the extreme elevation gain. Was washed out pretty badly in some places making it hard to keep your footing coming down. Better to go earlier in the morning to beet the heat but a good workout none the less.

Karen McGrail
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Hiking

Def felt more as hard than intermediate. Doing it backwards gets tough part out in first two miles but it is really tough.

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Andrew Butler
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Hiking

This is a really great trail! We went counter clockwise and the first 2 miles were a grind, but it was all downhill from there! Some spectacular views the whole way. Totally recommend!

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David Kubancik
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Hiking

Excellent views, tough on the way up. Lots of traffic, especially mountain bikers.

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Paul Elliott
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this is a perfect medium-length trail for a good workout, and it is close to downtown. arrived at 730am and the first pullout was full but the second had only two cars. saw a few people out but mostly had the trail to ourselves. nice amount of shady and sunny areas. we went counter-clockwise. it is steep at times but nothing terrible. nice views of downtown. good trail conditions. very few bikers. overall, a very pleasant hike in the mountains and through the woods!

Rena Stoddard
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We did this route counter clockwise. If you are not used to prolonged inclines, I urge you to place yourself! We did not. The first half mile was nice. The next mile and a half is where all the elevation is gained. It's also where you'll find the more hardcore mountain bikers. Most of them race super fast and with little warning. We were nearly run off the trail several times. I appreciated those who dolled up their bikes with noisemakers! After those first 2 miles, it's a nice gentle decent that you could do all day long. Beautiful views with minimal, but appreciated, water features.

Brandon Kohel
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Hiking

Love this trail, had a great hike with my wife. My only complaint: a group of people showed up at the trail head (right by the signs dictating the ordinance regarding leaving dog poop out) as my wife and I were stretching, this woman let her dog wander over by us, the dog then takes a poop right in front of us. The lady sees her dog do it and tells it “good girl”, doesn’t bother to pick it up at all. The excrement was still there when we left hours later. Seriously people, clean up after your pets...

Andrew F
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Hiking

Yikes this trail yesterday. If you want to find the easier clockwise route you need to walk down the road past the trail head. Honestly thought counterclockwise wasn’t that hard though. Good challenge and a nice hike! Also looked like and awesome MTB trail for my brothers and sisters out there that live behind bars.

Catherine Quinn
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Hiking

Completed this hike on Sunday 6/21/2020 from 0700-1000. There was easy parking when we arrived but upon finishing the hike there were few spots available. We went counter clockwise. I would agree with other users that said the first 2 miles or so made for a very steep uphill! But the second 3.5-ish miles was an enjoyable gradual downhill.

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James Linnenburger
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Hiking

Very nice trail. Opted for the clockwise route, so a very gradual incline for the climb. Coming down was much more rugged and steep, but still very enjoyable. Lots of great views along the way. Parts are pretty open and sunny, but lots of shade for most of the trail.

Adam Stephens
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Hiking

Awesome trail. Saw some bears so be cautious of that, but a great loop with great views.

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Neha Prabhu
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Hiking

Finished the trail today under 2.5 hours with many breaks. The first two miles (counter clockwise) are tough/steep. After reaching the “top”, the rest of the hike is beautiful and wasn’t crowded at all. The views were great and clearly marked with lots of shade and I came across 2 streams. Would recommend keeping an eye on this map the first few miles as the trail wasn’t always marked. The end of the trail ends up a little away from the cars so I walked on the road for about 5 mins.

Rose Ehteshami-Afshar
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This was a nice hike in the desert! It was greener than expected for a desert area, but not much shade at all. We ran out of water despite having 3L for 2 people, so we reached the peak before heading back down the way we came. It ended up being just shy of 5 miles. Definitely bring extra water and make sure you have the map downloaded so you don't get off trail. There are other intersecting trails you run across, so be careful

Hunter Warshofsky
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Hiking

I would recommend this trail to someone who isn’t used to elevation change but is in good physical shape. It has great shade, well kept and a good amount of views. I used this to get used to Colorado and am going to do bigger trails but wanted to start here. Please also know Im saying this but have done 35 miles in 2 days in Virginia with moderate elevation change and a full pack. Took less than 2.5 hours and I went slow. Counter clockwise: it is indeed hell up but the second half is easy and you can catch a mountain biker hit a jump or two.

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