Palmer Park

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.23 out of 5
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Intermediate
12
miles

Singletrack
↑ 2,200 ft
↓ 2,200 ft

Network
2:38
avg time
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.
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Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Reviews (91)
 

Granny Gear

August 29, 2017
 
Review: None of the trails are clearly marked. The trails that I was able to find were more suited to hiking than mountain biking. The were some technical sections but they weren't the fun kind of technical. They were rocky and slow. Also keep in mind that there is a lot of non-mountain bike traffic. I think if I spent a lot of time I might get to know the trails well enough to find something fun but there are too many other good options nearby. Would not recommend for anyone looking for downhill, or fun swoopy trails.

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Trailblazer

May 4, 2017
tetontom Trailblazer  
 
Review: Ride Palmer Park for the first time yesterday and was impressed at the quality of riding in the middle of the urban area. Sure, the trails could all use some maintenance and a little better signage, but this also adds a bit of adventure. These are not the super-buffed, super-signed Jeffco trails that I'm used to... I rode at 6pm on a weekday, and saw only 2 other bikers and maybe 10 hikers on a 7-mile loop. I'd call that pretty low use, considering the ease of access on all sides.

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Gnarly


March 11, 2017
Scott737 Gnarly  
 
Review: Coming from SD, this is a bit challenging riding but fun! There are many extreme trails I didn't dare though. Had awesome time!

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Epic


January 2, 2017
mongwolf Epic  
 
Review: North side of Templeton has lots of bad ice right now. Be cautious. South side of Templeton is fine except for one or two spots.

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Epic


January 28, 2017
mongwolf Epic  
 
Review: North side of Templeton is much better now. Just a few stretches of ice.

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Granny Gear

May 31, 2016
 
Review: Semi long stretches of uphill, challenging yet doable for beginners. Some easy to intermediate rock drops-or climbs. Very fun and is a hidden jewel in the center of the city!

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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.

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Bunny Hop

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.

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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.

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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.

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Gnarly


November 30, 2015
Brian87 Gnarly  
 
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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Palmer Park MTB Trail 4.23 out of 5 based on 91 ratings. 91 user reviews.
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Riding the Springs, Part 1: Palmer Park
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