Greenland Openspace LbNA # 15709
|Placed Date||Jun 10 2005|
|Location||Palmer Lake, CO|
Greenland (Ranch) Openspace features rolling grasslands, oak shrublands, and pine forests and is home to elk, mule deer, coyote, and black bear. Small ponds on the land attract a variety of water birds, and raptors can be seen flying high above the land, searching for prey. Colorful wildflowers dot the landscape each spring and summer, and the hillsides surrounding Greenland become a magnificent mix of fall colors as the scrub oak and cottonwood leaves turn to rich reds and pale yellows.
The Greenland trail and trailhead were completed in Spring 2003, providing hikers, bikers, and horse riders an opportunity to explore a 10-mile loop.
After finding the Greenland Ranch Letterbox you may continue on to the trailhead. This North end of the trail has an accessible group picnic shelter patterned after Greenland’s old mercantile building and can seat up to 48 people. Also available are a restroom, garbage cans, water spigot, information kiosk, and horse hitch rails. This is a great area to meet your group and have a picnic before heading back to the Palmer Lake end of the trail.
Greenland Open Space North trailhead is accessed from Greenland Exit 167 off Interstate 25, turn west, and travel to the south end of the historic Greenland town site.
Distance: Approximately 5 miles round trip. 10 miles if you continue along trail and loop back
Terrain: Rolling plains
Difficulty: Easy to slightly moderate
Directions from I-25:
Take exit 163 head West to Palmer Lake approximately 2 miles. Greenland Openspace will be at the bottom of the hill on your right.
Begin hiking along trail for approximately 1 1/4 miles, you will cross over two, railed drainage ditches. Take the 1st trail to the right and head up towards trees on top of the hill. You will pass an old round-up pen on the right. Continue up trail to the trees. Look for a Memorial to E. Kipps from London England. Rest on the bench and enjoy the view from the top of Palmer Divide. Take a reading of 85° and head in that direction for 35 paces. Your treasure will be found under logs in a patch of scrub oaks.
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