Palmer Trail Loop is a popular hike south of Manitou Springs at the foothils of Front Range.
Traveling counterclockwise the trail starts with great views of Garden of the Gods and Red Rocks Canyon to the north. In about 1/2 mile the trail starts climbing rather steeply through the pine forest. After passing a series of switchbacks you can reach the top and you 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 an U turn crossing Hunter Run creek. Eventually you descend down to the High Drive dirt road and hike back to the trailhead.
Palmer Trail intersects Intemann Trail providing direct connection to other trails in the area such as Red Rocks Open Space.
Distance: 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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