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Map Key

8.3

Miles

13.3

KM

90%

Singletrack

7,669' 2,338 m

High

7,332' 2,235 m

Low

522' 159 m

Up

521' 159 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

13%

Max Grade (7°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Not Allowed

Features Views

Family Friendly Nice views from the Overlook, birdwatching and the frog pond.

13201 Volmer Road (0.6 miles north of the intersection of Volmer and Shoup); Gates closed when not open; Short dirt road to parking lot; No available bailout routes;

Overview

April – October: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.; November – March: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; views of Pikes Peak and the burned areas from the Overlook.

Need to Know

Signs are posted to indicate you are off the trail, many homes and dirt roads in the area, avoid these areas.

Description

From the parking lot, follow the dirt road past restrooms on the left. Approaching the trees after about 0.25mi down the dirt road, the singletrack starts with a slight right off the road. The trail will lead to a fork where you can go left (CW) or right (CCW). Going CW will take you up and around to the Overlook fastest.

History & Background

The site straddles the Palmer Divide in the Black Forest and is characterized by gentle rolling terrain, covered by ponderosa pine forests, grassland meadows, wetlands, dotted with small ponds with abundant wildlife, including elk, white tail deer, raptors, and turkeys.

The Palmer Land Trust holds a conservation easement on the site which ensures scenic, wildlife, aesthetic, recreational, and ecological conservation values will be preserved and maintained in perpetuity.

Contacts

Land Manager: Palmer Land Trust

Shared By:

Billy Harvey with improvements by B H and 1 other

Trail Ratings

  4.2 from 40 votes

#1

in Black Forest

#512

Overall
  4.2 from 40 votes
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4 Star
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3 Star
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Recommended Route Rankings

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in Black Forest

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4,370 Since Jul 6, 2020
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Photos

Opening day of Pineries Open Space
Jul 6, 2020 near Black F…, CO
2 bridges on trail
Apr 11, 2021 near Black F…, CO
Looking West from the top of the hill next to the large tank.
Sep 15, 2022 near Black F…, CO
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Current Trail Conditions

All Clear 14 days ago
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Check-Ins

May 8, 2024
Adam McKittrick
Not super challenging but is decent considering ease of access. Watch out for 7 downed trees across the south portion of the trail at various places. 8.3mi — 50h 00m
Dec 2, 2023
Aaron Corcoran
Cold but beautiful day—really enjoyed the trail! 17.6mi — 1h 51m
May 29, 2023
Nathan Anderson
Apr 29, 2023
Brian Dea
Apr 13, 2023
Dan 60D5H411
Nov 5, 2022
Daniel Veloso
Sep 29, 2022
Doug King
8.3mi — 1h 04m
Sep 11, 2022
Stephanie Myland
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