Templeton Trail

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Templeton Trail is a 3.9 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 best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 3.9 miles Elevation Gain: 524 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Note: All dogs must be on a leash while on park trails. The top of the Mesa dog park is the only off leash area. This is a high volume area so please pick up after dogs and dispose of any waste and trash properly. Palmer Park is one of the largest park/open spaces in the city of Colorado Springs. It contains excellent facilities: dog park, horse stable, riding trails, picnic areas, and hiking trails. The four mile loop that circumnavigates the top of the mesa in the center of the park. The Templeton Trail begins and ends at the Yucca Flats trailhead. Visitors often choose to hike clockwise on this trail because the trail signs are easier to read when moving in this direction.

mountain biking
flooded
icy
muddy
rocky
snow
2 hours ago

hiking
muddy
9 days ago

Nice trail. Very muddy after snow but that’s to be expected.

hiking
icy
muddy
13 days ago

hiking
scramble
26 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

Though it's rated as difficult, it's actually more intermediate, relaxed hike with some rock scrambling and great views of the city and of Pike's Peak. Other reviews are accurate in that sometimes the trail is a little hard to follow, but it's not too bad if you just hug the curve of the mesas. Not too many other people on the trail if you go in the early morning (9 am).

hiking
1 month ago

This is one of my favorites at Palmer Park. It is not easy, but it is a lot of fun with the rock stairs and actual rocks you get to go over on the trail. It does get icy in some areas of the trail during the winter so watch out for this!

hiking
icy
muddy
1 month ago

Beautiful hike, very windy today. Hard to stay on the trail. Very poor trail markings, had to use the map on this app often

icy
1 month ago

Icy patches on the shaded side. Pretty overalla

hiking
icy
muddy
2 months ago

This was a great trail with great views. Awesome rock formations throughout, and a good mix of uphill, downhill, and flat. There are some places where the trail is hard to find due to some sharp turns, but overall a very enjoyable hike. Perfect length.

hiking
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Fun easy trail. Lots of opportunities to go off trail and scramble.

hiking
muddy
snow
2 months ago

hiking
muddy
3 months ago

hiking
rocky
4 months ago

Great trail- other than having to walk on some rocks, I’d say this was a pretty easy trail! It was really enjoyable, and I would highly suggest for someone looking for a nice long stroll in nature with some pretty views of the city. Great for beginner hikers.

hiking
rocky
5 months ago

In the end this is very gorgeously scenic and rewarding Hike! But you have to earn it! The Templeton Trail is a pretty difficult hike mostly because of its extremely rocky terrain! Be prepared for over 2 hours on this bad boy! It's a much better Hike when it's not hotter than Hell out!

hiking
rocky
scramble
5 months ago

Very rocky and lots of scrambling areas. A little more involved/hard on the feet and ankles than I’d expected. Rated as black on the Palmer Park trails ratings on the park signs.

hiking
rocky
6 months ago

Just completed this trail! Definitely veered off of it a few times and had to reroute but overall a good hike! Some parts are rocky and wooded which I liked.

hiking
6 months ago

Lots of great views and moderate is an accurate description.

hiking
muddy
off trail
6 months ago

Rained last night, so it was a bit muddy. Still was a great hike. I got here a bit after 7am and there was plenty of parking, it was mostly quiet, with sparse other people.

hiking
6 months ago

I loved this hike! Beautiful views and lots of cliffs and rock formations. I like that it incorporated both open spaces and wooded areas with just enough elevation changes to put in a little work. the trail is not the easiest to follow, so I'm thankful for the AllTrails app!

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