Ice Cave Creek Loop Trail

Colorado Springs, Colorado

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The enclave of Palmer Lake, population 2,500, sits north of Colorado Springs. An extensive yet relatively underutilized trail system provides miles of terrain to explore. An enjoyable and very runnable route is the Ice Cave Creek Loop Trail. The route starts out on a wide, dirt road flanked on either side by trees. What may seem gentle to start becomes a steep climb at the outset, but then flattens out by the first reservoir. A few more climbs ensue, but in general, the terrain is very groomed and runnable, albeit slippery in some spots, with loose, ball-bearing-size pea gravel. The singletrack in the forest provides great footing and three quick creek crossings. Views include rocky outcroppings and, at the 3.0-mile point, a vista to the east that begs the runner to stop to take in the view.
Best Trail Runs: Denver, Boulder, & Colorado Springs

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by Adam W. Chase, Nancy Hobbs, Peter Jones (Falcon Guides)

The enclave of Palmer Lake, population 2,500, sits north of Colorado Springs. An extensive yet relatively underutilized trail system provides miles of terrain to explore. An enjoyable and very runnable route is the Ice Cave Creek Loop Trail.

The route starts out on a wide, dirt road flanked on either side by trees. What may seem gentle to start becomes a steep climb at the outset, but then flattens out by the first reservoir. A few more climbs ensue, but in general, the terrain is very groomed and runnable, albeit slippery in some spots, with loose, ball-bearing-size pea gravel. The singletrack in the forest provides great footing and three quick creek crossings. Views include rocky outcroppings and, at the 3.0-mile point, a vista to the east that begs the runner to stop to take in the view.

© 2017 Adam W. Chase, Nancy Hobbs, Peter Jones /Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Trail Running
Nearby City: Colorado Springs
Distance: 4.3
Elevation Gain: 1,043 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 45 minutes
Season: Year-round
Additional Use: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: www.townofpalmerlake.com
Driving Directions: Directions to Ice Cave Creek Loop Trail

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