Susan G. Bretag Trail and Palmer Trail Loop

MODERATE 74 reviews
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Susan G. Bretag Trail and Palmer Trail Loop is a 2.5 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 accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
410 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

horseback riding

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

The Palmer Trail is a less-traveled route in the Garden of the Gods that travels along the forested hills on the western edge of the park. Still great views of the rock formations, but without nearly the tourists.

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1 day ago

Fun trail that follows the same route as the horses take. Still get plenty of views of the rocks and a fair amount of shade for the first half of the trail. It's a lot more enjoyable than driving around the park. There were not too many people on the outer trail, and most of them were locals out trail running. Of course, once you loop into the rocks, there are a lot of tourists. I'd rate this as fairly easy.

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1 month ago

Legit good evening run trail. Awesome views at the peak of Palmer end of trail.

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3 months ago

Really enjoyed seeing the rocks at Garden of the Gods. The Palmer and Breytag trail was a good hike. We had trouble finding parking so we parked in area 10 and added the Ute trail onto the walk. Watch out for horses, it is a bit tight when they pass. (And they leave a mess behind, thus only 4 stars). The visitor center is real nice. The trails are not very well marked so take a photo of the trail map before you set off. Tip for first time visitors. Drive up the road across the street from the visitor center. Park at the first spot you can find and take your camera. Lots of good photo opportunities.

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4 months ago

fun.

4 months ago

Love this trail. Really nice if youre visiting or just starting out getting used to higher altitude. Once you're acclimated it's super easy but gets the blood flowing. Beautiful views and most dogs on leash. Amazing place to bring an active pup.