Palmer Park

--
SHARES
  
AVERAGE RATING
****
4.29 out of 5
View Topo Map

Intermediate
12
miles

Singletrack
↑ 2,200 ft
↓ 2,200 ft
6,131
elevation (ft)

Network
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
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
Directions to Trailhead
Get Directions
loading...
Create a free Singletracks account to get directions to this trail.

Trail Q&A
Rider Questions
 
Recommended Trails
Recommended Trails
Stratton Open Space / The Chutes
Captain Jack's
Palmer Trail / Section 16
Local Info & Nearby Trails
Trail Check-ins
Trail Check-ins
what's this?
Recent Trail Check-ins     (298 total check-ins)
  js615   3 days ago
  Thumpgrinder   6 days ago
  Ben Neumann   1 week ago
  phollard   1 week ago
  Ben Neumann   1 week ago
Photo & Video Gallery (102)
Trail Photos & Videos (102)
 
Reviews (86)
 

Granny Gear

May 22, 2016
aviano Granny Gear  
 
Review: Nice after work quick burn ride, too many non-riders taking advantage of open space - so let's light up..????, I hate smelling pot when I'm just looking for fresh altitude breeze.

ReplyWas this helpful? Yes | No



Granny Gear

May 10, 2016
 
Review: First...and possibly last time I'll ride Palmer Park. As others have mentioned, it's horribly marked (or not at all) and there's enough natural irrigation routes that make following the established trail difficult at times (where the trail isn't totally apparent). Finally, every high school stoner and then some seem to migrate to PP parking areas to light up...definitely not a fan. Overall meh...I'll look elsewhere unless I hook up with a local that knows the trail system.

ReplyWas this helpful? Yes | No



Granny Gear

April 4, 2016
 
Review: This trail is great when you can stay on it. whoever maintains the trail has done a horrible job with signage. I would not recommend riding this trial without someone who knows it well.

ReplyWas this helpful? Yes | No



Bunny Hop

December 22, 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.

ReplyWas this helpful? Yes | No



Trailblazer


November 30, 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.

ReplyWas this helpful? Yes | No



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.

ReplyWas this helpful? Yes | No



Trailblazer


April 23, 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.

ReplyWas this helpful? Yes | No



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.

ReplyWas this helpful? Yes | No



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

ReplyWas this helpful? Yes | No



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

ReplyWas this helpful? Yes | No


Palmer Park MTB Trail 4.29 out of 5 based on 86 ratings. 86 user reviews.
Trail Conditions
Trail Conditions          < / > embed
Loading...