Palmer Trail

Bear Creek Cañon Park, Colorado

Elevation Gain360ft
Trailhead Elevation6,630ft
Elevation Min/Max6630/6813ft
Elevation Start/End6630/6630ft

Palmer Trail

Palmer Trail is a hiking and biking trail in El Paso County, Colorado. It is within Manitou Section 16 Open Space and Bear Creek Cañon Park. It is 0.5 miles long and begins at 6,630 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is a mile with a total elevation gain of 360 feet. Near the trailhead there are parking and an information. This trail connects with the following: Stephanie's Trail.

Palmer Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Old pine forest, tumbling streams, and ruins keep the mind off the gradual climb. The view from the top of the Crystal Park spur is spectacular, but stop before the Crystal Park subdivision.

Many riders stick to the Palmer Trail for an up-and-back ride because erosion has made the Section 16 descent treacherous. It's basically a steep wash that challenges even the best riders. Located west of Colorado Springs and south of Manitou Springs. Tread is mostly singletrack."

"This route includes a pleasant cruise on a trail that was constructed as a present from William Palmer to his wife, Queen, so she would have a nice place to ride her horses. No history of Colorado’s Great White Men would be complete without a chapter on General William Jackson Palmer.

Unfortunately for him and us, his very compelling wife, Queen, did not stick around long enough to steal the show. General Palmer started his post–Civil War career as treasurer of the Kansas Pacific Railroad, which completed a line to Denver in 1870 but failed to secure funding to build the road west along the southern route that Palmer recommended."

Palmer Trail Reviews

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Second ride on this Section 16 Loop this week. The single track is in great shape. A little snow on the top, but you can ride through it. One tree down across the trail. The downhill side makes the climb well worth while. Although the downhill is very technical, a high percentage is very makeable for even an intermediate rider. An advanced rider on a long travel bike will be wearing a big smile at the bottom. Watch for hikers, visability is very limited in many sections of the trail.

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Trail Information

Bear Creek Cañon Park
Nearby City
Manitou Section 16 Open Space
Skill Level
City of Colorado Springs
Local Contacts
Pikes Peak Atlas
Local Maps

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Oct 2018