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 best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
3.5 from both boyfriend and I. That's on the scenery but we went in the winter. It was uphill, not too easy for us but we made it!
As mentioned the trail follows a service road. There are some power lines and chain link fences. Once you get past the first reservoir there are some nice trails off to the right. Good incline for exercise. Very icy spots, be careful.
The first part of this trail is very nice, until you reach the three steep climbs to get to the lower reservoir. While this technically might be a moderate hike, it leans more toward difficult than easy. The path is wide and the scenery is quite lovely. Being able to hear the stream in the background added to the enjoyment.
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.
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!