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Palmer Lake Reservoir Trail

Palmer Lake, Colorado



4.11 miles

Elevation Gain

656 ft

Route Type



Added by Haley Baker

Located in a small town just outside of Colorado Springs, Palmer Lake Reservoir is a perfect place to hike or go for a trail run.

This hike starts with a steep uphill, and if that doesn't take your breath away, the views of the lakes definitely will. After the uphill slog, you'll immediately reach the lower reservoir. On still mornings, it offers perfect reflections of its surroundings.  The trail continues along its northern shore and gently works its way to Palmer Lake. 

You'll go through a meadow that, in the summer, is full of wildflowers. You'll then go around a gate to continue along the lake's edge. The trail gets a little steep here, and can get muddy if it has rained recently - just take it slow and you'll be fine.

When you reach a hole in a pile of rocks, you've pretty much reached the end of the trail (it does not go all the way around, you'll have to backtrack the way you came in). Find a good spot to sit down and throw a line in! 

The trail is popular, but as long as you're there before 9:30 am, you'll be fine getting a parking spot and won't have to worry too much about crowds. It's also great for after-work runs!

Dogs are not permitted on this trail. 

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