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Palmer Park Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.7 (46) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This is mostly the course from the 24 Hours of COS. Fun singletrack right in town.


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Map Key

12.8

Miles

20.7

KM

75%

Singletrack

6,588' 2,008 m

High

6,329' 1,929 m

Low

866' 264 m

Up

865' 264 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Unknown

E-Bikes Unknown

Features -none-

Overview

Palmer Park is a excellent in-town ride. There are many ways to ride it. There are great views of Pikes Peak and downtown Colorado Springs. The trail is not terribly technical, but there are enough drops and steep climbs to keep you on your toes.

There are a lot of alternate ways to ride the park, but this course seems to be the best way to link together most all of the good stuff in the park.

Need to Know

This is a heavily used urban park. Horses, runners, hikers, kids having birthday parties - they're all there.

Description

There are many ways to ride this park. All are fun. This is the way I do it. You'll learn to ride in sand, climb and descend. Stop and say hello to your fellow humans.

Although you'll almost always hear the hum of the urban river, for much of the ride you'll forget you are in the middle of Colorado's second largest city. Smell the pine and juniper in the morning. Stop and look at the blooming cactus and yuccas after a wet spring. Do take care of this park. There are many areas with clay-based soil. It dries quickly, so give it a bit after a rain.

If you want extreme mountain biking, look elsewhere. There are several areas that are technical, but this is not a technical ride.

It is not an epic ride. It's a ride to remind yourself why you attach your flesh to a hunk of exotic metal and composites. It's a ride that puts a grin on your face, and maybe a few dings in your downtube.

History & Background

General William Palmer, the founder of Colorado Springs, willed this beautiful chunk of real estate to the city. In that will, he stipulates if the city were to ever sell any or all of the park, the city would pay his heirs the retail price of the park. Looking at real estate prices here, I can't imagine the city would ever find that much money.

Contacts

Shared By:

Jon Zanone

Trail Ratings

  3.7 from 46 votes

#1

in Palmer Park

#357

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Photos

One of many fun drops in the park.
Sep 17, 2014 near Cimarro…, CO
Sessioning at Palmer Park
Jun 13, 2019 near Cimarro…, CO
Ran into a Pro Photographer that took this picture
Feb 20, 2018 near Cimarro…, CO
Sessioning in Palmer Park
Jun 13, 2019 near Cimarro…, CO
Shredding Palmer Park
Feb 20, 2018 near Cimarro…, CO
On the trail up to Yucca Flats
Jul 31, 2013 near Cimarro…, CO

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Jun 12, 2020
Mark Olson
May 28, 2020
Geoff Lim
Jan 9, 2020
Matt Rettmer
Lots of snow/ice/mud in the shade. Rideable but not good for trail sustainability. Would say it is about 50/50 of dry to ice/snow/mud. 12mi — 2h 00m
Sep 8, 2019
Sam Ballard Jr
Jul 21, 2019
Maxwell Hogan
May 3, 2019
Vance Fast
did so better trails 12.9mi — 1h 45m
Feb 17, 2019
Jim C
small amount of ice on north facing trails 13.1mi — 1h 45m
Sep 24, 2018
Alexander Jonathan
10mi