The Palisade Rim Trail is now open for bikers and hikers! Since previous trail construction event the crew from Western Colorado Conservation Corps worked on the trail and made a significant progress. This weekend despite the promise of rain more than two dozen trail builders showed up to work on several remaining sections of the single track. Thanks to great volunteer turnout and perfect soil condition the work was completed shortly after the lunch break. The crew returned to the parking area to enjoy beverages, socializing and giveaways from REI.
There is still some work to be done, but the new trail is now ready for recreational traffic. If you’re not easily scared by technical ascent and some exposure then you’ll definitively enjoy the trail out of the gate. On top you’ll be amazed by the stunning views of the Grand Valley and mt. Garfield. Worth noticing is a new perspective at Stagecoach trail across the highway. Also the word is that further along the way you may find the ancient Indian petroglyphs. While enjoying the trail, as always please be respectful to natural resources, wildlife, historical sites and other trail users.
The complete description will soon be available in the trails section, meanwhile if you want to jump on the fresh exciting single track follow these driving directions: From Palisade drive on W 8rd St. (AKA G road) East. After you cross the bridge over Colorado river drive for 2.1 miles to the unmarked gravel parking area on the West side of the road which is heading North at that point. Alternatively from Rapid Creek Cycles, which is in the heart of the Palisade, turn left on E 3rd st. and drive to N River road. Continue along the railroad to a small bridge across the river then turn right and look for the large gravel parking area between the road and the river. The drive again is about 2 miles.
Below is the GPS track of the initial climb from the parking area.
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Please post your questions and comments regarding Palisade Rim trail and upcoming construction events in the feedback section below. If you want to participate in in the upcoming trail construction projects please visit COPMOBA’s event calendar.