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.
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."
--David Crowell, Mountain Biking Colorado Springs (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Robert Hurst, Hiking through History Colorado (Falcon Guides).
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