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.
dogs on leash
cross country skiing
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!
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.
This is a nice area that doesn't get too crowded. The scenery at both reservoirs is wonderful
Nice trail, especially to walk dogs.
Great Sunday hike. Getting there early was best. No problem finding a parking spot.
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
Quite a bit of traffic but the upper reservoir is nice.
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!
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.
Lots of options for trails