Parmalee Trail Loop

MODERATE 426 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
24 days ago

This was a great trail. Nice views!

hiking
1 month ago

I did this in early Spring and it was a bit windy, but nice!

1 month ago

great hike, not many people

hiking
2 months ago

Perfect solo hike - do in the evening and end by walking up the Meadow Trail. Stunning sunset views!

hiking
2 months ago

I went on a Monday morning and not a lot of people! I will do this one again soon! Just be mindful of the private residence and drive slow on the road

hiking
2 months ago

Nice way to spend a Sunday morning. Welcomed the shade from the hot sun. Well traveled by all ages.

3 months ago

So fun. Great views and enough shade to keep you going. Don't forget to stop at the Mac Cafe on the way back. excellent!!

3 months ago

Nice loop. Not too hard not too easy. Lots of flowers this time of yr!

hiking
3 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail. Overall I’d say it’s easy with a few moderate parts sprinkled in that get your heart rate up. No technical areas by any means. Absolutely gorgeous to view the sunset from in the evenings!

3 months ago

Beautiful hike that has great shade and opens up to the city. You can connect to other trails that go through a meadow as well. This trail is majestic with flowers, trees, and rocks. Quick escape from the city for every mountain wanderer!

hiking
4 months 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
4 months 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.

4 months ago

Favorite solo hike eva!

hiking
5 months 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.

5 months 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.

5 months ago

Awesome Mountain View!

hiking
6 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!

6 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.

7 months ago

Great views!

hiking
8 months ago

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

hiking
8 months ago

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

8 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.

8 months ago

Fantastic trail close to Denver. Beautiful views.

hiking
10 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
10 months ago

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

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome hike! Not too many people.

hiking
10 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
11 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

11 months ago

Not too many people once you get past the trailhead.

mountain biking
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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.

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