Explore the most popular trail running trails near Palmer Lake with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

25 days ago

Really beautiful and a great walk

Notice posted saying trail was closed, and there are no dogs allowed!!!

This trail no longer allows dogs. $800 penalties are posted for bringing a dog. Trailhead signs warn about recent mountain lion and rabid skunk sightings. We only saw squirrels and an eagle. The main trail to the two reservoirs is a dirt road with nice views of the water. The loop called La Deux-Ice Cave Creek includes the main reservoir trail but has no markings for the smaller trail turn-offs in order to complete the loop. It also has multiple intersections with other trails where we needed to orient to north and use AllTrails to make sure we stayed on the correct trail. The part of the trail that follows the creek is lovely but also has some steep drop-offs and a few places with tricky footing and washouts. A few short steep parts elsewhere were very rutted from washouts. Multiple creek crossings all had logs or rocks to balance on and keep feet dry. We measured the trail distance at 4.67 miles rather than 3.8. It's a nice hike, more shaded and less traveled when you get off the main reservoir route. I would rate it higher if it had better signage for the alternate routes and had less pipes and other ugly utility structures on its main road.

The first leg of this trail up to and along the reservoir (roughly 1.5 miles) had excellent views and a nice wide small gravel road that was ideal for my family. My wife and I took this trail and backpacked our 2 and 4 year olds and it was a good workout. That said, please be very careful and aware of the turn back toward the reservoir on the ice cave creek section. It is not marked and we missed it and ended up off course on Swank Trail then had to back track, and on the recommendation of a hiker cut over to the Sundance valley trail which was a very steep climb and descent back to the reservoir with a kid on your back! Our 3.8 turned into 6.6. It was a very nice trail, but be aware of the turn back and would not recommend the Sundance valley section with kids.

2 months ago

This is our favorite trail. We have several geocaches on here and today we decided to hike from the Palmer Lake side and it’s a lot easier to hike, but longer. Trail is in full bloom from the recent rainfall.

Nice wander through the forest for a morning hike.

Great hike with beautiful views!

Nice steep climb. Coming back down was the hardest part. View from Chautauqua is not the best. Treed on top but good views before on the ridge. Awesome that it has a log to sign on top. Fun to read other climber's entries.

Only people out there today. Found all the ice hiding under the snow but a really nice hike. Looking forward to doing again in the spring.

10 months ago

Flat and accessible includes a disk golf course so keep your eyes open. Not very “natural” between the railroad tracks and the Garages nearby but a pleasant walk. No real shade.

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Try on weekend for less crowd but good hike none the less

Sunday, July 02, 2017

Great little trail. Nothing to crazy on it. The aspens and boulders are awesome to look at. Take the different routes if you do an out and back. Some great camping spots along the way.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Love the fun narrow trail around the lake

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

first time in that area. Dog enjoyed running. beautiful.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Beautiful hike. Shooting is NO longer allowed in this area. Highly recommend!

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