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.
dogs on leash
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.
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.
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.
Great hike. First part is paved and easy and the second half is dirt and moderately challenging.
extremely busy but still stunning views. easy enough hike able to keep my legs from feeling like they're on fire.