Palisade Mountain Summit
ElevationAscent: 846' 258 m
Descent: -28' -8 m
High: 8,226' 2,507 m
Low: 7,408' 2,258 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 43% (23°)
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“A fun short run to the summit of Palisade Mountain. Enjoy great views of the Continental Divide.”— John Bowen
The trail begins with an easy 0.2 mile run through a pretty meadow where wildlife can often be seen. This area also has many wildflowers during the warmer months. Just past the meadow, the trail begins to climb more steeply on an easy-to-follow route. Continue on this route for approximately 0.75 miles through beautiful forest land. At this point, you'll need to follow cairns closely as the trail become harder to follow. This area also includes two small but steep rocky canyon sections that are a little more difficult. Within 0.1 miles from the summit, you run through a small level burn area.
From here, the way to the summit is only clear by following cairns. The final 25 yards is a fairly steep scramble over large boulders to the summit. The views from here are incredible in all directions. There is a pvc tube containing a summit register at the top.
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Land Manager: USFS - Arapaho & Roosevelt National Forests Office