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15 days ago

still closed

22 days ago

More of a walk than hike, but a very easy trex to and around Palmer Lake for 6.8 mile trip. Walk along the rail road tracks with lots of wild flowers and great views of the rock formations. Wasn't too busy, had other hikers, bikers and walkers with dogs.

No dogs allowed just started on this trail
Also gate is closed so no hiking because of erosion

This trail is closed due to unstable trail conditions!

Just a heads up there are no dogs allowed on this trail. My friend hiked up here on July 2 and she had mentioned there were lots of dogs. And when we went there the other day there is a sign up saying no dogs allowed.

dogs are not allowed

Nice easy well used trail. Plenty of other hikers,bikers,horses and dogs. Trail goes right past Monument Rock. It would have difficult to follow the trail without Alltrails app

Ahh today no dogs on this trail.

Nice long hike with some ups and downs. Make sure you have gps - only way to follow the trail silence there are a lot of unmarked trails on this mountain. Struggled to find the Flow Dog trail after splitting off from 715 so we ended up using the dirt road back to the parking lot.

85 degrees mild weather but 70% shade helped me from overheat. I was going to give 5 stars but changed my mind to 4 because the map was messed up. There was no way to get on Flow Dog trail after I got on trail 715. I had to go around and use alternate trail but I made it back. Not crowded at all, maybe ran into 6 bikers and 5 hikers all total during my 3.5 hour hike. Beautiful wild flowers, I enjoyed the view so much. Have fun!

Great trail. Used the app map several times as there are a lot of side trails.

The trail offers gorgeous views however it has several problems: it is mostly exposed to the sun, very little shade along the way. We have two black dogs and one of them almost got heat stroke. It doesn’t help that dogs are not allowed to in the lakes. Also, the trail is not well marked. We got lucky because we were recording the hike within this app. At the very end there is a hard left that leads to the final climb to the top and end of the hike. Without following the trail on the app we could have missed it. It was beautiful, but pack a lot more water than you think you’ll need, especially if you have dogs.

I don’t know if I didn’t go far enough or wasn’t in the right place but followed the trail and the view at the top was not worth the effort. Also dogs can use this trail but can not go in the water. Not a good trail if you dog as sensitive feet. Very rocky with loose gravel.

this trail can lead to many different ones

The lion-share of this hike is an uphill service road. Pretty hard on two kids. The pay-off is gorgeous but I wish there was a more interesting, less drastic uphill, to get there. Will go again in the summer, using a different trail, to see the lake.

City trail system - very flat - also very well maintained.

The trail runs on a gravel road for most of the hike but then becomes a narrow trail towards the top. Along the trail there are Spruce, Fir, Pine, and Aspen trees and at the top you will get good views of the surrounding mountains and Palmer Lake. Trail 360 on YouTube

Monday, September 18, 2017

We did the entire trail until we got to the "balanced rock" at the top of rhe hill. We recorded a total of 7.5 miles for the loop. Beautiful hike

Quite beautiful this time of year!

Thursday, August 03, 2017

found some wild raspberries

Good trails, easy terrain, poorly marked trail markers and a lot of unmarked sub trails

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

hiked this today, not "easy" as in an easy hike, but easy trail to walk on. it starts with all uphill for a little over a mile. Not a good first hike for newbs. Overall great hike with beautiful lakes and wildflowers.

Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Smells like piss the whole way and has real nice graffiti. Other than that it's real nice.

Nice long loop. Started at Mt Herman TH therefore 1st 3/4 of loop was well wooded and quite enjoyable. Walking up the road the final 1/4 was less so. Lots of crossing trails along the way so have a good map or follow all-trails track closely.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Gorgeous. Worth the Effort. Look for the Reservoir Trailhead, as it's not called Balanced Rock. The first mile is tough and steep. A great trail run.

Amazing trail but do be careful. Saw a momma and not so baby bear in the aspen grove across the bridge once you're south of the whole resevoir. timid browns that scattered quickly but keep an eye and ear out.

A beautiful trail. Lots of wild flowers.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Hiked beginning of June. Great hike. Gem Lake is a great pit stop for a picnic

Monday, April 24, 2017

Great hike, although at times quite the incline that goes for a while. Pack water for the pups as they can't get in watershed ponds.

Several places to stop and picnic along the way as you make the hike up to Balance Rock. The road up after the 2nd gate is a bit rutted so make sure you watch your step. The view is worth it.

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