Palmer Trail Loop / Section 16

Palmer Trail Loop is a popular hike north of the Bear Canyon. The trail loops from the trailhead on the Gold Camp Road coming back along the High drive. Going counterclockwise the trail starts with great views of Garden of the Gods and Red Rocks Canyon to the north. Then the trails starts climbing rather steeply through the pine forest. After passing a series of switchbacks you can take a small detour to an overlook that offers great views to the north and south. As you continue on the trail you slowly make a turn back, crossing Hunter Run creek. Eventually you descend down to the High Drive dirt road and hike back to the trailhead.

Length: 5.5 miles

Directions: From US-24 exit on 26th street. After driving through two switchbacks turn right to Gold Camp Road and the trailhead parking lot will be on the right side after about 0.9 miles.

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Photos taken on 8/2/2007

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