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Palmer Park Loop

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.7 (51) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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Map Key

11.9

Miles

19.2

KM

75%

Singletrack

6,589' 2,008 m

High

6,326' 1,928 m

Low

921' 281 m

Up

920' 280 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

15%

Max Grade (9°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

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 with improvements by Adam Nurmi and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  3.7 from 51 votes

#1

in Palmer Park

#346

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  3.7 from 51 votes
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#97

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#346

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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
Shredding Palmer Park
Feb 20, 2018 near Cimarro…, CO
Sessioning in Palmer Park
Jun 13, 2019 near Cimarro…, CO
On the trail up to Yucca Flats
Jul 31, 2013 near Cimarro…, CO

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Nov 22, 2020
Lindsay Ewing
Oct 17, 2020
Jason Geveshausen
7mi
Oct 11, 2020
Patrick Csongei
Maze of trails but fun to explore. lots of social trails and fun rocky stuff to check out 12.9mi — 1h 45m
Oct 3, 2020
Grant Espinosa
9mi
Aug 21, 2020
Micah Svenson
Very fun, route finding was tricky 12.5mi — 2h 03m
Jul 31, 2020
Donald Patrick
Jul 28, 2020
David Quinnstefani
second time around
Jul 6, 2020
Grant Espinosa
great trail one of my favorite in Colorado Springs 12mi