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Larkspur, Monument, and Palmer Park

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For any of the Spruce Mountain, Palmer Lake, or Greenland Open Space hikes, the Speetrap Bistro by Palmer Lake is great for a post-hike coffee and breakfast/lunch. It's also a fun little bar and music spot in the evenings.

Recommended Routes in Larkspur, Monument, and Palmer Park - 3

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Favorite North side of the first reservoir covered in snow.
Intermediate/Difficult

Harrison Crash Site via Ice Cave

11.1 mi 17.8 km 2,066' Up 629.6 m Up 2,065' Down 629.51 m Down

Palmer…, CO
Favorite A large boulder outcropping on Shaylyn Ridge provides great views of Devil's Thumb.
Intermediate/Difficult

Winding Stairs Loop

5.9 mi 9.6 km 1,564' Up 476.81 m Up 1,570' Down 478.64 m Down

Palmer…, CO
Favorite North side of the first reservoir covered in snow.
Intermediate

Limbaugh Canyon/Reservoir Loop

5.6 mi 8.9 km 973' Up 296.65 m Up 1,005' Down 306.28 m Down

Palmer…, CO

Larkspur, Monument, and Palmer Park Hiking

  • 230 Miles 370 Kilometers of Trail
  • 7 Recommended Routes
  • 10 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 23 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 1 Difficult Trail Difficult Trails
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Areas Within Larkspur, Monument, and Palmer Park

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Trails in Larkspur, Monument, and Palmer Park - 27

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4.0 mi 6.4 km #1Spruce Mountain Trail
Intermediate
Monument, CO
Intermediate
Monument, CO 32 
1.1 mi 1.8 km #2Mount Herman
Intermediate/Difficult
Palmer Lake, CO
Intermediate/Difficult
Palmer Lake, CO 16 
2.3 mi 3.7 km #3Chautauqua Trail
Difficult
Palmer Lake, CO
Difficult
Palmer Lake, CO 11 
0.9 mi 1.4 km #4Ice Cave Creek Trail
Intermediate
Palmer Lake, CO
Intermediate
Palmer Lake, CO
3.8 mi 6.2 km #5Kipps Loop Trail
Intermediate
Palmer Lake, CO
Intermediate
Palmer Lake, CO
5.3 mi 8.6 km #6Limbaugh Canyon Trail
Intermediate
Palmer Lake, CO
Intermediate
Palmer Lake, CO 11 
3.7 mi 5.9 km #7Swank Trail
Intermediate
Palmer Lake, CO
Intermediate
Palmer Lake, CO
2.8 mi 4.4 km #8Balanced Rock Rd.
Intermediate
Palmer Lake, CO
Intermediate
Palmer Lake, CO
2.3 mi 3.7 km #9Juniper Valley Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Perry Park, CO
Easy/Intermediate
Perry Park, CO
1.0 mi 1.6 km #10Sydney Harrison Connector Trail
Intermediate
Palmer Lake, CO
Intermediate
Palmer Lake, CO

Photos of Larkspur, Monument, and Palmer Park - 62

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My dog sitting on a cool rock formation.
Aug 23, 2018 near Palmer…, CO
Windy Point - Spruce Mountain
Aug 30, 2018 near Palmer…, CO
A large boulder outcropping on Shaylyn Ridge provides great views of Devil's Thumb.
Jun 30, 2017 near Palmer…, CO
A light dusting of snow and frost makes for a wonderful sight.
Apr 4, 2017 near Palmer…, CO
Trailhead.
Jul 27, 2019 near Monument, CO
North side of the first reservoir covered in snow.
Nov 18, 2017 near Palmer…, CO
From the top, enjoy a lovely view toward the Air Force Academy.
Apr 4, 2017 near Palmer…, CO
Resting in the shade
Jul 18, 2020 near Palmer…, CO