Palmer Lake Reservoir Trail

MODERATE 75 reviews
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Palmer Lake Reservoir Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Palmer Lake, Colorado that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.1 miles 853 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

fishing

fly fishing

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

cross country skiing

beach

cave

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

old growth

snow

hiking
14 days ago

The trail follows the access road all the way up. The hike is all up for about 1 mile. Once you get to the top it's a flat hike around the lake. Spots were a little icy so be careful with footing.

hiking
25 days ago

The trail itself is pretty, but nothing breathtaking. It is moderately uphill to each of the two reservoirs, but the real gem of this hike is the bouldering valley and ice cave creek off the trail just past the first reservoir. The bouldering valley is a half mile-ish long valley just filled with boulders to frolic about, and if you follow the chalk direction arrows there is a breathtaking ice cave underneath it all. Additionally, if you hike up the mountain to the North of the first reservoir the views are fantastic and I challenge you to find the community notebook on the ridge. Good luck!

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hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail.

2 months ago

Uphill all the way up to the reservoir but not too difficult and worth the climb. Family friendly but too bad it is not a loop.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a nice area that doesn't get too crowded. The scenery at both reservoirs is wonderful

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail, especially to walk dogs.

3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Great Sunday hike. Getting there early was best. No problem finding a parking spot.

4 months ago

We are beginner hikers and the incline was a tough road to hoe. Definitely beautiful and I've learned to check distance AND elevation. Happy trails

4 months ago

Quite a bit of traffic but the upper reservoir is nice.

4 months ago

Too bad people can't read or understand the "leash your dog" sign!!! If it weren't those ignorant folks this would be a nice hike. I keep my dogs leashed...you fools need to do the same!

4 months ago

Great trail

4 months ago

Nice hike trail is easy to follow and there were some nice shady spots. The parking lot was full when we came off the trail at 11am.

4 months ago

Lots of options for trails

4 months ago

5 months ago