Parmalee Trail Loop

MODERATE 348 reviews
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Parmalee Trail Loop is a 3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Morrison, Colorado and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
554 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

hiking
6 days ago

Pretty good trail. I started on Castle Trail and was a bit worried because there were tons of people (I thought this would be more secluded). Once I hit Meadow Trail to Parmalee it was great! Tiny bit muddy today but not a big deal. Parmalee was deceiving in the beginning as I thought the trail was pretty easy but was marked as moderate. There was quite the surprise at the end when it became somewhat steep and got the heart rate up!

To be honest, I was a little sad that I could hear the highway from some parts of the hike, but then again it’s a beautiful trail for not having to go too far into the foothills. Plus, it was nice because this trail offered covered areas high up to see the beautiful scenery around you. Easily marked trails, restrooms at the beginning. Definitely a good trail to bring either a beginner or someone who might not want to do a super long hike. I think it would also be great if you bring a lunch and take a break at one of the covered spaces!

I would definitely do this trail again!

hiking
14 days ago

Hiked this trail for the first time today and it was perfect for a beginner like myself. The trail itself is pretty muddy and snowy from the past few days of snow but was easy to hike in boots. The snow made the views incredible and I'd love to explore more of this area.

15 days ago

Favorite solo hike eva!

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike today - so beautiful! We really enjoyed all of the openings and spots to sit and soak up the views. There are actually benches scattered throughout this trail! Hike was part wooded, part exposed. Very little snow on the trail, but some mud. Spikes not needed.

1 month ago

An absolute blast to do trail running on with all of the rolling hills. Well maintained trail with variety of views including looking over the 285 drive. Good chance to see wildlife too.

1 month ago

Awesome Mountain View!

hiking
2 months ago

I loved this hike! One of my new favorites that isn’t far from town. We went early before everyone arrived and it was so peaceful and beautiful. Highly recommend this loop!

2 months ago

This is a short loop with little elevation change. Great for taking dogs or kids, or those new to hiking. There is plenty of parking and decent restrooms. Watch out for ice during the winter season. There are several drainage areas that stay icy for long periods of time. If this hike is moderate, it is barely so.

3 months ago

Great views!

hiking
3 months ago

It’s minutes from my house and a good workout.

hiking
4 months ago

Gorgeous views and well paved trails! Would say it’s more on the easy side of moderate.

4 months ago

Great hike with some pretty views. It starts easy with some down hill, and during the middle of the loops becomes more challenging with a little incline. On 1/5/18 there were only a few patches of ice in some shady spots but overall clear.

4 months ago

Fantastic trail close to Denver. Beautiful views.

hiking
5 months ago

Not as popular as the Castle and Meadow trails. Nice and quiet trail with some fun elevation change. I took a detour at the Tower trail for the view up top. Fun hike!

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike. Starts off deceivingly easy then gets a little craggy in places. Will definitely do again!!

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome hike! Not too many people.

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful hike close to Denver. First mile was mild downhill with good shade coverage. Moderate incline to the top, then to meet with Meadow Trail with no trees at this point for shade. You can just take meadow Trail back to the parking lot or a great 1/2 mile addition is Tower Trail for two look out points. Really cool hike with the structures and would be great for out of towners.

hiking
6 months ago

The first short part of this loop is a lot of downhill mountain bike type trails. The next is a lot gorgeous in and out of meadows and forest. Good views of snow caps mountains in the background. We looped in the Walker home ruins pretty cool spot. Easy trail to hike and easily navigated. Happy hiking

7 months ago

Not too many people once you get past the trailhead.

mountain biking
7 months ago

Definitely some speed from the get go. Quite a few small drops and a few rocks on the trail keep it exciting . Will also be coming back to run the trail.

trail running
7 months ago

One of my favorite parks to trail run and this is a very nice trail. About half shaded/woods and half exposed.

8 months ago

Hiked to Walkers Dream---The Summer White House--- Beautiful views !! Awesome -amazing

8 months ago

Loved this hike! Lots of different features and views, not too crowded on a Sunday afternoon.

hiking
8 months ago

Little over 4 miles. Get there early for parking. If you go down castle trail first you will have shade on the loop in end! Good loop

8 months ago

Great workout and easy to follow. Great views. Steep at times.

Loved it

trail running
9 months ago

Great trail with a good mix of terrain. Moderate level, due to a lot of decently steep incline and decline sections. Great for the pups !

hiking
9 months ago

wide trail at times, beautiful views, and shade the majority of the hike

hiking
9 months ago

Great views from this trail. Partially shaded.

hiking
9 months ago

Fairly wide trail, well marked, and speckled with great views! I would definitely take an extra few minutes and go up to the top of Mount Falcon to see the awesome panoramic of the surrounding area including a view of downtown Denver! Great hike for an afternoon getaway.

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