Susan G. Bretag Trail and Palmer Trail Loop

MODERATE 78 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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15 days ago

Not very difficult. I would probably rate this hike as easy. The hike was pretty crowded. The trails are clearly marked with where you can and cannot go to climb. There is a point in the hike where you can take a small detour to see the Siamese Twins. The views are beautiful. Be sure to get there early, because parking is terrible.

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

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