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Section 16/Palmer Loop trail backwards

We will be doing this hike backwards...going up High Drive and ending on Gold Camp.


* If this is your first hike with our group for 2013, please bring the $5 dues with you. It will be collected before the event starts.*


Palmer Trail Loop is a popular hike north of the Bear Canyon. The trail loops from the  trailhead on the Gold Camp Road coming back along the High drive. Going counterclockwise the trail starts with great views of Garden of the Gods and Red Rocks Canyon to the north. Then the trails starts climbing rather steeply through the pine forest.   After passing a series of switchbacks you can 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 a turn back, crossing Hunter Run creek. Eventually you descend down to the High Drive dirt road and hike back to the trailhead.

Length: 5.5 miles 

Difficulty:  moderate, hiking boots/shoes needed

*Bring your leash as you will be exiting onto a main road and we will need to walk back down to your vehicle.

Directions: From US-24 exit on 26th street.  Stay on 26th street. It turn into Bear Creek Dr.  Go straight thru the stop sign, and continue on Bear Creek Dr.  You will dead end into High Drive, and a small parking lot on the left.

*If there is no room in the parking lot, park on Bear Creek Dr .

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  • kellysifford

    Couldn't ask for a more beautiful day for a hike.

    2 · November 2, 2013

  • Sandy T

    Change of plan. We are starting at section 16 trailheas

    November 2, 2013

  • Alana

    I may end up having to cancel, trying to get some overtime at work.

    November 1, 2013

    • Alana

      Looks like I will be working, but next week I'll be there!

      November 1, 2013

    • Sandy T

      We'll miss you . We'll look forward to seeing you next week.

      November 1, 2013

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