Palmer Lake Hiking Trail and Reservoir has become one of our new favorite hiking spots to go to when we want to just get out in nature for a few hours. We hiked this trail multiple times over the summer and I'm sure this trail would be just as pretty in the winter time too. We encountered many people from out of town along with many locals enjoying the trail as well.
Palmer Lake hiking trails are definitely worth a visit when it comes to Colorado hiking. The Palmer Lake Hiking trail is a great hiking destination with paths surrounded by nature. The hike is simple but moderately challenging as some of the hills have a pretty steep incline, especially for newbies or out of town visitors adjusting to the elevation! We hiked this trail with our grandparents stopping frequently on the inclines. They thought the hike was worth it and enjoyed it very much! Also featured in the photo above is our Golden Retriever Ryder who loved the hike but was sad he was not allowed in the reservoirs.
Update 11/18: Unfortunately not long after we hiked this dogs were banned from the trail.
Additional info you may like to know about the Palmer Lake Hiking Trail and Reservoirs:
There is parking available at the trail head and along the road.
Palmer Lake Hiking trail is about 4 miles if you hike the entire trail around the reservoir and back to the trail head. If you choose to stop at the beginning of the second reservoir and hike back to the trail head it is about 2 miles round trip. This is what we typically do when hiking this trail. It is considered to be a moderate kind of path and its main attraction is the reservoirs.You will definitely encounter people from nearby areas going for a relaxing walk.
The Palmer Lake Trail is a well-maintained road leading to two reservoirs that are above Palmer Lake and are part of the water system for the town. People and dogs are not welcome to wade or swim in the reservoirs.
Activities you can do at Palmer Lake Hiking Trail and Reservoirs
Most people come for the hiking but you could also go mountain biking, running, and fishing as some other great options.
-Dogs are allowed in the park on a leash, but again not allowed in the reservoirs.
-The lower reservoir is the smaller of the two and had the clearest water, definitely stunning for some reflecting shots!
The trail is accessible all year round for you to enjoy! We went in the summer months and the shade is sparse along the trail but once you reach the reservoirs there is plenty of shade to cool off in. Once you reach the top reservoir there are lots of spots to enjoy a picnic, read a book, or just relax and enjoy the view. From different spots on the trail you will see views of the Monument area and the eastern plains. We highly suggest taking the time to hike this trail and see some more of Colorado's beauty!
Once you reach the top reservoir if you hike around it there is a beaver dam. This could be a neat opportunity to see a beaver in its natural habitat if you get lucky!!