Palmer Lake Reservoir Trail

MODERATE 376 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 year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
708 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

beach

cave

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

old growth

snow

hiking
2 days ago

I’ll be back! Good hike that wore my dog out! Look forward to fishing the lake when ice melts.

hiking
4 days ago

It was BEAUTIFUL in the snow. Don’t think it’d be anything that great without the added effect. Fine in hiking boots. Didn’t need spikes. Along an access road. Wouldn’t go back.

hiking
20 days ago

walking
20 days ago

Great with the under 5 yo granddaughters.

hiking
22 days ago

We went Christmas Day and it was beautiful! The ascent is a nice challenge, there was a lot of beautiful snow out for us. It was just shy of 5 miles and was a perfect morning.

trail running
1 month ago

The ascent to the lake is crowded but luckily the trail connects to a few systems past the reservoir so it's much easier to get some separation. The ascent past the reservoir was delightfully persistent; I never felt a true summit was reached even after 5.5 miles and turned back. It was a pretty intense incline which was great because I mostly saw other people on foot. Definitely would go back to explore the back systems.

mountain biking
1 month ago

Great! Sorta weird when you get to the reservoir. But other wise a great trail for biking.

hiking
2 months ago

A decent hike, but the lake itself is beautiful and worth the trip. Definitely look at some more trail options around the lake if your looking for more of a true hike.

2 months ago

Awesome!

3 months ago

Great views during the hike and even better at the end. Steep incline here and there but nothing above a moderate climb. Not heavily trafficked for a Saturday and those who were there were friendly. Definitely worth a trip if you're nearby!

3 months ago

Great hike with great water views! Is steep at the beginning but not too bad

hiking
3 months ago

Good workout
Steep in parts, but not horrible
Beautiful
Perfect hike for fall not too hot or cold

3 months ago

Simply gorgeous !!!

hiking
3 months ago

Nice hike to Palmer Lake Reservoir, felt if should be rated as "easy".

Recommend sunscreen lotion.

High traffic and noticed some animal owners are allowing their pets to do their business on the trail without picking it up.

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hiking
3 months ago

This trail is on a gravel road and moves through Spruce, Pine, Fir, and Aspen forests. An easy hike with two lakes, this hike gives great water views without having to hike a long distance. Trail 360 on YouTube

hiking
4 months ago

Super easy - the first hill is a beast, but it's easy going from there!

hiking
4 months ago

Loose gravel trail, uphill most of the way in but not too steep. pretty area, clean, lake is beautiful. Quite a bit of traffic. Mostly hikers and people fishing with the occasional mountain biker. Kid friendly imho.

4 months ago

This hike is pretty steep most of the way. Not easy. But the reservoir and views are beautiful. It was worth the hike to see the reservoir, but I would not hike this trail again. Coming back down is pretty sketchy with how steep it is.

4 months ago

Good hike with beautiful views.

hiking
4 months ago

This trail is NOT easy in regards to incline. It is uphill all the way to the top reservoir. The trail is easy to navigate to this point and well marked but expect to get a workout. It can be done as a loop which no one mentions in the reviews. Just go past the gate at the top reservoir for about a quarter mile and hang a left at the first trail head you see. Up and down for a couple more miles. It gets significantly less defined at this point but a seasoned hiker should have no problems. Highly recommend this beauty. BRING WATER!

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