Photo Tour: Lincoln Mountain Open Space 

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One of Douglas County's newest parks, the Lincoln Mountain Open Space is a nice park with great views. Its multi-use trails range from easy to moderate, making them great for families and hikers who prefer easier trails. Mountain biking and horseback riding are also popular in the park. To get there: Take Highway 83 north to Douglas County Road 80 and turn left (west). The parking lot is a half-mile down on the right.
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The main trailhead for all trails in the Lincoln Mountain Open Space.
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Good signage is provided throughout Lincoln Mountain.
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The information kiosk provides a map of the trails in Lincoln Mountain.
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Park rules, contact information.
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The first (main) trail intersection, about .25-miles from the parking lot.
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A left turn at this intersection starts the Lincoln Mountain Trail, a right turn is the Palmer Divide Ranch Trail. For this photo tour, we'll first turn left and do the Lincoln Mountain trail.
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The Lincoln Mountain trail gradually goes up hill on some gentle inclines and switch backs. After another approximately 1.4-miles, the trail starts it's loop around the top of West Lincoln Mountain.
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The loop trail is wide and flat with nice 360-degree views, including this one of Pikes Peak.
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After approximately 1.2-miles, the loop trail again meets with the Lincoln Mountain Trail. Continue back track down to the main trail intersection. Once here you can turn right to go back to the parking lot, or left to the Palmer Divide Ranch Trail.
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About .4-miles from the main trail intersection, the Palmer Divide Ranch Loop begins. For this photo tour, we went left (clockwise).
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The loop starts and ends at this point.
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One of the views along the Palmer Divide Ranch Loop Trail.
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If you want to take a slightly shorter hike, follow the Lower Rim Cut-Off Trail. It takes almost a quarter-mile off of the distance.
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This is where the Lower Rim Cut-Off Trail again meets the Palmer Divide Ranch Loop Trail. A left turn continues the loop back to the tralhead.
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About 2/3's of the way clockwise around the trail, you'll come to the watering hole and picnic area (visible in the background). Since most of the trail is exposed to sun, this is a good place to rest in the summer. The water in the pond is not suitable for human consumption without purification.
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Back at the start/end point of the Palmer Divide Ranch Loop Trail. From here, back track to the parking lot.
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After approximately 1.2-miles, the loop trail again meets with the Lincoln Mountain Trail. Continue back track down to the main trail intersection. Once here you can turn right to go back to the parking lot, or left to the Palmer Divide Ranch Trail.

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