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Palmer Park

Average Rating:    (4.36 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 44

a variety of loops are possible, with some of the best technical assaults you'll find on the front range. it's best to take on penn the first time with someone who knows it well, to keep you off trails that are over you head (or you'll wind of with your rear tire over you head). there's some sickly gnarly drops all over, 2,3,4 footers, you name it, including one series of super steep drops that link together to form a trail (?) called the improv (as in, you have to make up your own way down every time you come to it). there's also some really cool natural formations, including awesome overlooks that give great views of pikes peak and a couple of places where the terrain is so scarred by lightning that it looks almost other-worldly.
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Latitude
38.877804090072004
Longitude
-104.77437973022461
Trail Directions
stop in any bike shop in town. the park is right smack dab in the middle of the city, so it shouldn't be to hard to get to.
Trail Length
as many miles as you want
Trail Level
Extreme
Trail Type
Singletrack
City/County
Colorado Springs
   


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Review Date
October 4, 2012

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Doug ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Great Trails. As hard as I been on and I've been riding for 20 years. Grab a local if your 1st time up or you will be lost. A city park and you feel like you're in Fruita. Any bike works, but platform pedals rule on the these technical trails. When I go back I'm switching out the clipless. Ride well

Recommended Route:
No idea

Other recommended trails in the same area:
none yet. Was just visiting



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Review Date
August 16, 2011

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 2 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 4 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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4.50 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Luke42 ,  Racer

Summary:
I heard a lot of great comments about Palmer Park, and to be fair it is an amazing space with incredible potential. We were down there to check it out for the 24 Hours of COS this October which is the National Championships for 2011. The first day we wandered aimlessly and were impressed by the variety of terrain and variation in skill level, and clearing some of the more difficult trail sections took a few attempts. The second day we returned with both the official trail map and the google earth GPS red line map and were fairly confident we could navigate the course. Perhaps we're spoiled in Northern Colorado, but we found the trail markings to be dismal at best and the ratio of "social trails" and unblocked water run-offs so high that either such trail expansion is encouraged or trail maintenance is in pitiful neglect, and after getting lost or turned around beyond counting we abandoned our attempt. I can understand why the local riders must love this place, but anyone visiting without a guide is doomed to get lost and frustrated. I hope there is a MTB club in the area willing to take some pride in their home turf and build better signage, shut down or properly build and incorporate the "social trails", and provide better trail markings to allow for a better first experience. I for one won't be returning without a guide, or until the course is set up and marked properly.

Recommended Route:
Wherever a local rider is willing to take you.



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Review Date
March 27, 2007

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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4.08 of 5, 13.00 votes

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Reviewed by: Walter Sobchak ,  Weekend Warrior

Summary:
I heard that this trail is supposed to be one of the best so I decided I had to try it. First I went to my local Target and bought their top of the line Jeep brand Full Suspension bike. This thing set me back over $200 so I knew I would have one of the best bikes on the mountain. I arrived on a hot, sunny afternoon and about 100 meters into the ride, I discovered that this trail should not be open to the public. It is literally impossible to ascend this trail, even on one of the best bikes available. I walked my bike almost 2 miles and endured ridicule as people descending the mountain laughed at my bike. I can only assume they were jealous. On the descent, I flipped the bike at least 5 times and broke several parts off of my brand new bike. How is this trail considered rideable? I can only imagine the fate of some lesser bike. I don't think I'll ever return to this trail.



Comments
chirochris (05/21/2007)
Laugh out loud. Are you serious or are you just joking. I hope your just joking, but if you not let me be the first to tell you a department store bike is not a real mountain bike. I recall recently purchasing a pair of pedals for what you spent on your bike. If you rate the trail impossible then it must be a fun place. No disrespect intended but you'll enjoy the pave pathway better.
Vhom (07/17/2007)
LOL. This guy is insane to do something like that. WERD!
redneb (08/04/2007)
You're killin me WW! If I could only ride with this guy once a week, my joy would be complete. For sure, you are my hero =-) werdwerd!
DanHickstein (10/01/2009)
Were you wearing your "Three wolf moon" shirt at the time? I'm assuming not, for if you were, this trail would not have seemed difficult at all.
Colo Springs E (04/30/2011)
I had the same experience with my brand new Huffy which I knew should be able to handle anything the State of Colorado could offer. You are right--this trail should not even allow bikers, it's far too dangerous.
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Review Date
October 16, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: deeppow ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
If new to the system get a map first. The area is a maze of trails and there are trails for all levels. Protective gear is not a bad idea. You can be riding some fast smooth single track and come around corner to discover a nice rocky technical section. Not a particularly big area but you can connect a lot of trails together to make for a long ride. Most of the climbing comes in short steep burst.

Recommended Route:
I recommend riding the outside boundary first so you are familiar with where you are in the city then working your way through the middle.



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Review Date
April 12, 2006

Overall Rating
 4 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 3 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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1.00 of 5, 2.00 votes

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Reviewed by: ezweave ,  Downhiller

Summary:
Single track, most of the fun stuff is slow and rocky, no fast or flowing sections, no big drops or anything of that nature. Just rocky and rooty. Sandstone and sand patches. Alot of up and down. No big ascents or descents.

If you look you can find some "illegal" lines that incorporate a rock drop or two, but the landing suck. Way too short. There is no high speed DH or FR fun. No stunts and the technicality is just from weaving through rocks and the sandpaper nature of the rock.

It's fun, but just in a trail riding way. Def not DH/FR like at all. AT ALL (I have ridden all of the local spots for six years, trust me). You'd be wasting your time to bring a bike like that in here. More of an "All Mountain" screw around place. Fun, but not technically challenging, don't be misled by other posters.

Recommended Route:
Whatever.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
Jones DH



Comments
asxrider04 (04/04/2007)
whatever bro, if you PEDAL your bike you can get some fast flowing sections and there are 10 foot drops in there, you just gotta know how to get to them. Palmer has something for everybody.
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