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Susan G. Bretag Trail and Palmer Trail Loop

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Garden of the Gods

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 good for all skill levels. 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.

Length 2.5 mi Elevation gain 321 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Hiking Horseback riding Mountain biking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Partially paved Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky
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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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Maricruz Marin
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Bonnie Etherington
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Elizabeth Bixler
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HikingGreat!

Started around 6:15pm and saw very few people once we got out of the main park garden area. For an easy height, the payoff is amazing. Wonderful views of the park red rocks and surrounding mountains. Very easy walk.

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Chase Thomas
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Taylor Eagan
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Got to the parking lot at 7:30 AM for parking. Start early for less of a crowd and to see deer. Little shade so don’t forget your sunscreen.

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Scott Getter
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lots of people and roads but great views and great trail conditions.

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David Prager
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Nice loop offering great views of the garden's biggest rocks and some of its smaller ones. Well-maintained trails. The free trail map at the Visitor Center does come in handy on occasion. Very little shade, so come prepared for the sun. Also very crowded during the summer. This is a great way to see the rocks both up close and from a distance.

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Katherine Frabbiele
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Occasional shade. Pretty good trail. Some areas merged into paved tourist spots, so it was a little crowded there depending on time of day/year you hike. Would recommend to come early to avoid crowds. Parking in the main lot can be difficult when it’s prime visiting time. Would recommend to park in other lots around the area and find your way to the trail. We did hike a little longer than anticipated since I wasn’t paying attention in one area. Overall still an easy and very beautiful hike.

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Katlyn Darling
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Nice trail. Pretty views. Not too steep or rocky in any one area. Great little three miler to get fit. The parking lot is super close to the trail head. Bathrooms on the other side of the parking. Dog friendly.

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C Olsen
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Was great but I actually think in the heat with a six and eight year old, it was more moderate than easy. We took short cut back through garden loop which was lovely.

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Perry Steines
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Great morning hike at 5am must see

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Nick Schroeder
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Our first time to Garden of the Gods and we were awestruck. Expected it to only be a couple flashy views from the parking lot and packed but had the trails mostly to ourselves and was more impressive than expected, tons of great views everywhere. Went from noon to 4 on a Thursday. Started at the north parking lot and went to the Trading Post, a really impressive souvenir shop, then to Balanced Rock at the south end and back. There are views everywhere but Palmer Trail is the most impressive with the best backdrops.

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Jordy Wasser
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Nice easy hike for beginners. Heavy traffic, tourist trap

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Maggie G
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Quick, easy hike. Busy on the weekends.

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Joe Mille
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Liz Doan
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Christi Romney
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Did this Sunday noon with our seven kiddos aged 0-12y. Easy enough for 2yo. Nice variety. Crowded on the paved parts. Trail was dry. Beautiful views of Pikes Peak and the red rock formations.

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Alicia Rabideau
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Jen Bentley
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As if now; be prepared for lots of red mud. Fun to hike, took my dog, he loved it. Horses in trail, along with deer. First hike in Colorado - well worth it.

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Ariella Wells
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01/11/2020. arrived around 230 pm. plenty of parking. nice hike but close to the road. lots of great views though. trails are dry.

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Hailey Quick
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Jason Nash
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I hiked this trail on December 17 and loved it! The views are amazing and it's a great way to get away from the crowds. The elevation changes were gradual and not overly challenging. I produced a YouTube video, which can be found by searching for Nash Potatoes Outdoor Show. Enjoy!

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AllTrails User
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Great views! Muddy and icey but still very nice.

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