This loop starts at the parking area near the stables, and sets out clockwise around the northwest side of the park. It starts on the Grandview Trail
, but also uses Palmer Point Trail
, and a couple small sections of others. It has a mix of surfaces and includes some moderately technical sections, including two rock garden ascents. Plan for about an hour at a moderate pace.
This is not
the normal, 13-mile Palmer Park Loop
, but a shorter trip that only covers a portion of the park, and is great for an after-work ride when time is limited.
From the parking area, ride west onto the Grandview Trail
, where you'll do about 15-20 minutes of rocky singletrack with some short but tough technical climbs and a descent or two. You'll do a short section of the Palmer Point Trail
, which starts with a difficult technical climb, then flows down onto Greencrest Trail
near Brenner Place.
I like to cut from Greencrest Trail
up a technical climb (hike-a-bike for me), then do Palmer Point Trail
over the main part of the park, then backtrack and head uphill to the Grandview Overlook for a gorgeous view of the Front Range.
Then it's back down the Grandview Trail
's downhill section to the parking lot where the ride started.