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Palmer Lake Reservoir via La Deux Reservoirs Trail [CLOSED]

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Pike National Forest

Palmer Lake Reservoir via La Deux Reservoirs Trail [CLOSED] is a 4.1 mile heavily 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 May until October.

Length 4.1 mi Elevation gain 734 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Fishing

Hiking

Nature trips

Snowshoeing

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Snow

Closed

Fee

No dogs

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NOTE: Trail is closed starting June 8, 2020 due to construction. Please see the town website for up to date information. Additionally, the parking area is expected to be closed indefinitely and no parking on town streets are permitted.

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Reviews (979)
Photos (878)
Recordings (889)
Completed (1848)
Mitch Hildebrant
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Hiking

Locked up now. Went a few months ago. Nice easy increase in elevation. At the time-parking was a pain. Had to park at school and add another 1/2+ mile to get to trailhead. Great picnic spots along the way.

Christie S.
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The reservoir is closed and there is a fence blocking it so you can’t go up. We ended up taking the Chautauqua/balanced rock loop instead. Nice hike through the woods.

Violet Williams
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Hiking

Nice hike up, gets a little steep but once you reach the lake it’s easy peezy, nice and breezy

Brian Phipps
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HikingRocky
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Tracy Bules
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HikingClosed

Reservoir closed last Monday

Rebecca Smith
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Hiking

Trail is closed

Jace A.
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HikingClosed

Trail is closed

Jessy L.
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HikingBugsRocky

This trail was amazing! Feels short because it’s broken up by the first reservoir after a steep incline up and after that you don’t have much to go until the second one. It’s so calm and beautiful up top. I did this on 6/8 and a park ranger stopped us and said this trail would be CLOSED STARTING MONDAY 6/15 DUE TO CONSTRUCTION. Not sure when it will open back up. Also, please don’t bring your dog. I’ve done this hike twice and both times I’ve seen people with dogs on it and a park ranger on my way down which means those people got $800 fines!

Jace A.
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Hiking

PLEASE DO NOT PARK AT THE SCHOOL SINCE THIS IS PRIVATE PROPERTY. THERE IS NO PARKING ON THE TOWN ROADS EITHER .PLEASE PARK AT THE TOWN PARKING AREA NEAR HYW 105 AS ITS ONLY AN EXTRA COUPLE MINUTES AND DOES NOT IMPACT THE RESIDENTS.

Sunny Young
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Hiking

Great hike for kids. Uphill about 1.5 miles and then you get to the reservoir which is beautiful. No swimming, no dogs. People were fishing though. Great spots for picnics. The parking lot was closed, so I parked at the elementary school. Added a couple of minutes to get to the trail head, but it was fine.

Jace A.
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PARK IN TOWN BY PALMER LAKE ONLY OR YOU WILL BE TOWED! $800 FINE FOR VIOLATING THE NO DOG ORDINANCE. PEOPLE YOU ARE ENTERING THE TOWNS WATER SHED PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL OF THE THE RESIDENTS AND NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE AREA! IF PEOPLE CONTINUE TO VIOLATE OUR TOWNS WATERSHED IT WILL BE SHUT DOWN TO THE PUBLIC.

The-Tanvir I.
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Hiking

Pretty easy hike with a nice lake view at the end.

Zach Wagner
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Hiking

Very plain. A lot better trails in the area.

Alisha Chewning
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I did this trail today. The trail head is closed, i parked at the elementary school and it was a 5-7 minute walk down to the trail head which was NBD. The trail itself is nothing to brag about...it is wide open and not very "middle of the woods type of feeling" trail, but more like a dirt road feeling. Passed one small body of water onto the larger reservoir which was very pretty. I would recommend some bug spray at this point. I made it to the end of the 2nd reservoir and back to my car in 1 hr and 10 min. Super easy for a seasoned hiker but nonetheless, a good workout.

Brian O.
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Hiking

Many hikers out today. Please leave your dog(s) at home! There were quite a few up there today. Also motorcycles coming in from the national forest and riding around the lake was disturbing. Still a wonderful day to enjoy a picnic by the lake.

Olga Diaz
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Hiking

awesome workout on the legs! Beautiful hike

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Emily Hopkins
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HikingNo shade

No shade on the way up to the reservoir, so bring your hats and sunscreen! Also, the incline up to the first reservoir is steep and has loose gravel. I didn’t pay attention to other reviews about how steep it is, so just be aware of that if you have bad joints or are carrying a toddler like we were. The view at the second reservoir is totally worth it, it’s very beautiful. We stopped and had lunch before heading back. No swimming, no dogs. We did see someone with a dog, which is rude since this is the town’s drinking water reservoir and signs are posted everywhere.

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Christie McEwen
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Hiking

Parking is still closed. Parked at the Elementary School close by. This is such a beautiful hike, lots of animals- we saw a ton of birds, beavers in the water playing, deer, and so many chipmunks. The trail was in great condition- go early to beat the crowds.

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Jace A.
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Hiking

PARK IN TOWN BY PALMER LAKE ONLY OR YOU WILL BE TOWED! $800 FINE FOR VIOLATING THE NO DOG ORDINANCE. PEOPLE YOU ARE ENTERING THE TOWNS WATER SHED PLEASE BE RESPECTFUL OF THE THE RESIDENTS AND NATURAL BEAUTY OF THE AREA! IF PEOPLE CONTINUE TO VIOLATE OUR TOWNS WATERSHED IT WILL BE SHUT DOWN TO THE PUBLIC.

Brittany B
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HikingNo shade

Great hike! Loose small rocks on the way up, would recommend shoes with some traction. Pretty much all incline the whole way up. Not much shade until you get to the reservoir. The parking lots are closed, park at the elementary school just a few minutes away. Tons of signage to not park on side streets or you will be ticketed.

Hannah Pinter
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Hiking

This was a great trail with all you could ask for in a Colorado hike. The lake is beautiful, slightly crowded but not bad. It was a nice stopping point for fishing and lunch. The hiking trails off or the lake area are not crowded at all and they are worth doing. The one we did was steep for about 0.2 miles and then it was relatively flat.

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Brian Gleason
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Hiking

This specific trail I wouldn’t consider a ‘hike’, and classify as easy. You can easily branch off in multiple directions wether that be Chautauqua Mountain (south), Ice Creek cave, or plane crash (north). The reservoir is absolutely beautiful. Great highway trail to other fantastic spots.

Jennifer Ennis
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Hiking

Awesome trail with beautiful lake at the end!

Belinda L.
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Hiking

I parked at the elementary school parking lot and walked to the trailhead which only took an extra 5 mins. The initial part of the trail is a bit steep but it was all worth it to have a nice serene hike.

Julia Hemsley
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Hiking

The two reservoirs are beautiful and worth the effort getting up there. Trail is pretty easy- just steep in the beginning. Parking lot was still closed. We parked on Lovers lane down by the Tennis courts and we squeezed in. We were off the road and not on any grass or beyond any roped off area and still got a 50 dollar ticket!! Overall...great Mothers days hike!

Makinzey Brown
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Grace Johnson
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Hiking

Easy enough trail. Steep at the beginning but worth it once you get to the second lake! Locals told us to park at Palmer lake elementary school because the parking lot is closed. No issues there, just a short walk to the trail head

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