Nice views from the Overlook, birdwatching and the frog pond.
13201 Volmer Road (0.6 miles north of the intersection of Volmer and Shoup); Gates closed when not open; Short dirt road to parking lot; No available bailout routes;
April – October: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.; November – March: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.; views of Pikes Peak and the burned areas from the Overlook.
Need to Know
Signs are posted to indicate you are off the trail, many homes and dirt roads in the area, avoid these areas.
From the parking lot, follow the dirt road past restrooms on the left. Approaching the trees after about 0.25mi down the dirt road, the singletrack starts with a slight right off the road. The trail will lead to a fork where you can go left (CW) or right (CCW). Going CW will take you up and around to the Overlook fastest.
History & Background
The site straddles the Palmer Divide in the Black Forest and is characterized by gentle rolling terrain, covered by ponderosa pine forests, grassland meadows, wetlands, dotted with small ponds with abundant wildlife, including elk, white tail deer, raptors, and turkeys.
The Palmer Land Trust holds a conservation easement on the site which ensures scenic, wildlife, aesthetic, recreational, and ecological conservation values will be preserved and maintained in perpetuity.
Shared By: Billy Harvey