Palmer Park

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.28 out of 5
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Intermediate
12
miles

Singletrack
↑ 2,500 ft
↓ 3,000 ft
6,131
elevation (ft)

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Trail Description
About this trail
This place has trails for everyone. The park is surprisingly large despite its location in the center of town. The trails criss-cross every section of the park and can be combined for some really long rides. All the trails are well marked and are rated like ski slopes - green trails for beginners, blue for intermediates, and black diamonds for extreme riders. Lots of rocks, sand, and scrub brush. Many winding sections, rock drop offs, and great jumps. This trail is more technical in places than Ute Valley Park or other rides in town. A great place to ride after work or any time.
added by Jeff BarberWorld Champ June 18, 2003
Trail Features
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  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Bunny Hop

December 21, 2015
 
Review: Palmer Park is a bit of a conundrum. It's right in the city, the views are great, and there are miles of trails with all different surfaces and difficulties. But the trails are poorly marked and very poorly maintained. What should be a moderate trail often turns into a black diamond due to washouts, roots, and exposed boulders. There's only about 120-150 feet in elevation change, but the ascents are all pretty steep and really get the heart pounding. I start either at the baseball diamonds or at the Greencrest trailhead off Austin Bluffs and circle the park using Greencrest trail, Palmer Point, Cheyenne, Grandview, and a couple others, for a 7-mile loop. Much of this was very difficult on my full-rigid bike, but it was all doable with some pushing where things were too eroded or poorly maintained. Lots of sliprock and clay mud when it's wet. A VERY tough ride following rain or snow unless you're on a fatty, and even then it's pretty slick, from what I'm told. You'll have to beware of dogs off-leash, horses, and hikers, but most people are cool and polite. If you're looking for rock hopping, there are some seriously technical spots along Palmer Point trail, especially where it overlooks Greencrest. And this winter, someone decorated the trees along a stretch of tame trail with Christmas decor. This park is best ridden during summer and fall, IMHO, when it's dry. But I'll still be there whenever its warm enough this winter, since it's close to home.

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Trailblazer


November 29, 2015
Brian87 Trailblazer  
 
Review: I have ever only taken the blue sections of this trial. With that being said, the blue section is fairly technical in areas. This trail can get really muddy after a rain storm and is made of a thick clay that will get stuck all over your bike. All in all this trail is fun to go ride every now and then.

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Granny Gear

September 21, 2015
Russhole Granny Gear  
 
Review: The main description says it's well marked, but half the time you don't know if you're on the trail or just a huge eroded section. Ultimately it doesn't matter 'cause you're basically on a small island. You can't get too lost. Overall the place is fun minus the hike-a-bike sections. Lots of technical over rocks and drops. We found one good downhill run with a pile of small jumps. It's a good place to take somone from out of town because the climbs aren't too big. I'll be back.

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Trailblazer


April 22, 2015
 
Review: Good single track as stated from other reviewers located in the heart of the city. Lots of rocks , roots, good views and technical areas. Trails are marked but easy to get lost I recommend driving around the park a bit before hitting the trails and strava helps. Fairly busy with bikes ,hikers etc. Lower rating is only due to I'm a fan of longer rides.

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Granny Gear

April 15, 2015
 
Review: Lots of different trails are available, smooth, rocky, single tracks, and more. Make sure to stay on trail otherwise you will probably mess up your tires due to the cactus. Trails are marked, but does not classify if it's a bike trail or not so be careful because not all can be biked.

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Granny Gear

February 4, 2015
J.A.T Granny Gear  
 
Review: Definitely a cool place, with great scenery and a lot of fun mtb. trails. The degree to which you will like riding here probably larger depends on how much you like rocks. There are rocks everywhere, rock gardens, drops, rocks by themselves, and roots as well. Even many of the beginner trails will have a number or rocks and or small drops. My wife is a true beginner and I don't think she would have fun riding at Palmer Park. I ride a xc hardtail and have a blast challenging myself on most of the trails (though I do beat the heck out of my big chain-ring, and my body!) After awhile I start wishing for some faster smoother trails just to ad a little variety, but overall I have been having fun exploring the park and am grateful that we have it.

Similar Trail: Ute Valley

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Bunny Hop

June 26, 2014
 
Review: Short ride, long ride, technical ride, nice single track, this place has it all. Love this place can just get on my bike and ride the 4.5 miles to get there.

Similar Trail: Ute Valley

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Trailblazer


June 4, 2014
 
Review: For it's location in the middle of town, it's accessible, ride-able for all levels, and brings something new every time you ride. Riding Palmer Park will give you some great jumps, fast and sweeping runs, technical rocks challenges, and overall a great experience. I cannot add much to the already well written reviews so I'll just say - "ride there!"

Similar Trail: Ute Valley

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Gnarly


March 22, 2014
 
Review: Awesome system right in town! Has easy, intermediate, and expert trails. Trust me when I say there's something for everyone here! Super technical sections, drop-offs, tight turns, some slickrock. On the easy trails you might run into a horse or two and definitely some road apples. You can easily spend all day here, if you have enough energy that is! Can get busy on warm weekends, some leash their dogs, watch out for loose dogs as well. Announce when you approach a blind corner, helps avoid collision.

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Singletrack


February 13, 2014
mongwolf Singletrack  
 
Review: Lots of gnar out there. Pretty much any rider can find something at Palmer to challenge himself or herself. Lots of stories of good riders breaking collar bones and hands.

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Palmer Park MTB Trail 4.28 out of 5 based on 83 ratings. 83 user reviews.
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