Colorado Springs: Palmer Lake to Cap Rock

Quiet rules on this mostly off-trail, 5.1-mile scramble up a boulder strewn canyon to a gnarly rocky crown with panoramic mountain views in Pike National Forest.
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Quiet rules on this mostly off-trail, 5.1-mile scramble up a boulder strewn canyon to a gnarly rocky crown with panoramic mountain views in Pike National Forest.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 5.9

Waypoints

PCR001

Location: 39.1186447143555, -104.921104431152

Head W on trail along Monument Creek

PCR002

Location: 39.1173362731934, -104.93115234375

Explore the house-sized boulders; enjoy views of lower reservoir

PCR003

Location: 39.1166915893555, -104.93318939209

Bear R at unmarked fork going NW (not N!); trail becomes less defined up valley; stay above creek bed

PCR004

Location: 39.1222763061523, -104.949668884277

Turn N; climb boulders up the canyon; keep about 50 feet from the cliff wall

PCR005

Location: 39.1246109008789, -104.950309753418

Steep climb to NW; path swings S to summit

PCR006

Location: 39.1236000061035, -104.950569152832

Spectacular views from 8,200-foot Cap Rock; backtrack down mountain

PCR007

Location: 39.1220397949219, -104.94359588623

Turn R onto old jeep trail

PCR008

Location: 39.1143074035644, -104.943450927734

Swing L down steep valley to upper Palmer Lake

PCR009

Location: 39.1128540039062, -104.941902160645

Descend on L side of river fork

PCR010

Location: 39.1159973144531, -104.933975219727

Huge rock formations on L; finish loop @ lower reservoir, then backtrack to trailhead