Palmer Trail / Section 16

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AVERAGE RATING
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4.09 out of 5
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Intermediate
6
miles

Singletrack
↑ 1,200 ft
↓ 1,300 ft
8,606
elevation (ft)

Out & Back
Trail Description
About this trail
This route follows High Drive up about a mile to the Palmer Trail singletrack on the right side
of the road. The Palmer Trail climbs about 2 miles from here through the woods on some of
the smoothest singletrack in town. At the top there's a 3-way intersection; take the right
fork if you want to make this a loop w/ section 16 (and you're in the mood for some washed
out, technical as gank singletrack). Otherwise take the left fork up a little farther for
awesome views of Garden of the Gods. Turn around once the trail starts getting steep and
gravel strewn. From here it's a 3+ mile descent back down the trail you climbed.
Awesome.
added by Jeff BarberWorld Champ
Trail Features
Trail features
  • Lift Service
  • Drinking Water
  •   Night Riding
  • Pump Track
  • Restrooms
  • Winter Fat Biking
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Granny Gear

July 5, 2016
lee1569 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Great trail. Started at Red Rock Canyon and climbed up Palmer Trail. The single track is really smooth and an easy climb as it levels out in a few spots. The downhill is pretty fun, just pick your line carefully, a lot of rocks and roots and you can gain some good speed after the switchbacks.

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Gnarly


January 11, 2016
 
Review: Fun trail. Can't wait to see what it looks like and how it rides without the snow and ice.

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Trailblazer

June 3, 2015
 
Review: Currently closed due to erosion caused by constant rain.

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Granny Gear

April 10, 2015
 
Review: This trail is so far one of my best favorites. I would recommend using full suspension and good brakes If a beginner. Many rocks and roots to go down on which is fun. Watch out for hikers!

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Trailblazer


October 6, 2014
2_Salukis Trailblazer  
 
Review: Nice flowing singletrack for Palmer Trail - too bad Section 16 is required to make it a loop. Excellent colors this time of year with the aspen turning yellow. Great views.

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Gnarly


February 2, 2014
 
Review: Great trail, has a XC type feel to 40% of it and the rest is rough downhill. Has a few really rough sections.

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Epic


December 31, 2013
mongwolf Epic  
 
Review: P/S16 is a trail of two tales. Palmer is buttery smooth and makes for a nice climb. With very little tech, you can climb it as fast as your legs and lungs will allow. It also makes for a fun, flowy DH.

But the other tale, S16, is soooo different. Tilt your front wheel DH and take it as fast as you dare. Hold on tight, stay close to your frame and light on the front end ... except when you need a little more traction. I really enjoy S16 because it throws a whole bunch of different things at you in one fast DH. Lots of hikers, and therefore, lots of opportunity to be friendly and give mountain bikers a good name.

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Epic


December 31, 2013
mongwolf Epic  
 
Review: One final thought. The main description classifies this as an "out and back" config. I don't agree. Palmer alone would be an out and back, but P/S16 is a loop, starting on Gold Camp Road and accessing the ST via High Drive. Then you end on Gold Camp where you started.

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World Champ


November 11, 2013
Greg Heil World Champ  
 
Review: Entertaining trail high up the mountain side above Colorado Springs, with some great views, flow, and challenging technical parts.

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World Champ


December 31, 2013
mongwolf World Champ  
 
Review: Yes, "entertaining" is a great way to describe this trail. Very entertaining. =)

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Granny Gear

August 9, 2013
Lifeisb96 Granny Gear  
 
Review: I already wrote a killer review on this trail but I got say I'd like to add to that! After the rain the past few days I haven't been on mountian but the switchbacks after rain are sketchy, super fast and everything is sandy! Honestly I loved it! Super challenging and the switchbacks are killer! Watch your speed and the techy sections are even harder! Defiantly do this right after rain! You won't regret what this sucker throws at you! However I would advise not to go up the switchbacks then down the soulth side. The banks are super sketchy and can easily collapse on you and the shoulder is extremely soft especially on thoes tight fast corners. Either side, make sure your brakes are in check and your brain is working!

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Granny Gear

July 28, 2013
Lifeisb96 Granny Gear  
 
Review: Wonderful trail for just getting in to technical trails. Go up gold camp rd first past the gate then a faairly good grade up hill. Nice raspberries on the side for munching on. About half a mile up there is the trail head on the right. Sandy and pikes peak granite crumbles. Climbs over 3 miles with no switchbacks, but does follow the valleys and contours of mountains. when you come to the top of the ridge there is a trail that seems like it continues to go up. Haven't been on it yet, but I've heard that its fast for bikes and defiantly a good side trip. Make sure you take more than just one bottle of water, especially in the heat of the day. Once at the top you take 6 switchbacks down. First 2 are very technical and are not fast. Steep and very hairy on some switchbacks. After the first 2 switch backs speed picks up and becomes fast and still a bit rocky. Defiantly fun and defiantly worth the grueling incline! The final stage are sets of stairs, there are also separate trails that take you to the bottom. Over all 4 because of the potential this trail gives all types of riders! Worth the trip up there! Also there are connections to the interman trail which takes you to red rock park and manitou! Trail head connects after switchbacks on the way down. Dont take the water fall trail, go a bit farther. Very well marked! cant miss it.

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Palmer Trail / Section 16 MTB Trail 4.09 out of 5 based on 30 ratings. 30 user reviews.
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