Palmer Technical Loop
ElevationAscent: 657' 200 m
Descent: -669' -204 m
High: 6,586' 2,007 m
Low: 6,337' 1,931 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 15% (9°)
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“A collection of the technical Palmer trails, including some exciting downhill!”— Austin Jurgensmeyer
The entry drop is representative of the downhill. A rocky, technical 0.5 miles until flattening out and reaching a parking lot across the road. Stay on the Cheyenne Trail for a short but challenging climb back to Grandview Trail. Hang a right to repeat a short section of the Grandview Trail that leads to the Grandview - Kinnickinnick Shortcut. Head east on the Kinnickinnick on the other side of the road. There are two downhills sections separated by a flat ride along the mesa rim that provides an exciting and unique section of the loop.
Remain on Kinnickinnick Trail past the dirt parking lot and once you've reached the bottom take the main diagonal trail towards the road, park, and baseball fields. Ride east along a road/parking lot to pick up the Greencrest Trail. This will loop back north and after about a mile you'll reach its peak. On the other side of the road, bear left on the Palmer Point Connector which will take you nearly to the start of the Mesa Trail. Ride a few 100 feet more to reach the start of that trail.
Stay on the Mesa Trail until reaching a picnic table and the start of Yucca Flats Flow. Ride the short Yucca Flats Flow until it meets back up with Mesa Trail, instead of taking Mesa Trail take the semi-steep left turn that connects to the Templeton Trail. Turn right and hang on for a short but steep and rocky descent.
At the next fork, turn left for the Edna Mae Bennet Nature Trail that serves up a spicy and fast descent down to a clearing. Edna Mae Bennet Nature Trail continues on your left for a tough rocky section. Right before it begins to climb, take a right to exit towards the Canon parking lot back where you started!
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Local Club: Guardians of Palmer Park
Land Manager: City of Colorado Springs, CO- Parks, Trails & Open Space