The Edna Mae Bennett Nature Trail is a fun 2.6-mile loop hike that explores sandstone bluffs at Palmer Park, a 730-acre natural park in central Colorado Springs. The single- and double-track dirt trail gains a modest 130 feet as it ascends a pine-filled ravine and then threads along the rim of the bluffs. The trail offers great views of Pikes Peak and the mountains and passes strangely carved rock formations. While most of Palmer Park’s trails are multi-use, you won’t meet many mountain bikers on this trail since it’s rough and rocky. It’s easy to follow the trail with markers and arrows showing the way. Allow a couple hours to hike the loop so you have plenty of time to read interpretative signs and enjoy the views. Dogs are allowed but must be leashed. Carry water in the summer.
Recommended season(s): Year-round.
–Stewart M. Green