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Hike Palmer Lake and the Reservoirs


Hi Secular Hikers,


Weather permitting; there will be a hike on Sunday, August 4th. Join the group for the best kept secret in the town of Palmer Lake -- the Reservoirs. We will start in "downtown" Palmer Lake with a short historic walk to the trailhead (see the first schoolhouse, original general store, livery, town hall, and the site of the Rockland hotel). We will arrive at the trailhead and ascend to the lower reservoir before going on to the upper reservoir. We will branch off into the box canyon and ascend for a nice view of the upper reservoir and canyon before our return to the reservoir. From that point, hikers can choose to just relax and enjoy the location or hike individually on any of several trails (rough map provided). The return trip will include a brief sidewalk stop at the Estemere Estate.


This is a relatively easy to intermediate level hike which will last 2 hours or more depending on the speed of the hikers. The initial ascent to the reservoir (approximately .5 miles) can be challenging with scree but is considered easy by some. After the first reservoir, the trail continues to ascend to the second reservoir. The total climb is over 500 feet in about one mile. The total round trip will be about 4 miles. Dogs are welcome but must be on a leash.


Directions from Colorado Springs: Go north on I-25, take the Monument exit (161) west onto Highway 105. Take the second right to stay on 105; go 3.6 miles through Monument and into Palmer Lake. Turn left just before Bella Panini Restaurant on the left, (Middle Glenway Street – the street sign is hidden behind bushes) and park in the lot in a short distance on your left. The lot is near the Town Hall and Village Green.  It is also east of the Palmer Lake Fire Department and north of the Palmer Lake Library.  The house across the street on the north of the parking lot has the address of 50 Middle Glenway Street.  Meet by the bronze statue of the dog Dizzy.  Do not speed in Monument and Palmer Lake!


You may want to carpool from a different location, such as the Woodmen Valley Park-n-Ride. If you want to carpool, you need to organize this among yourselves.


The hike will start at 9:00 AM.


Georgianne and I will not be able to attend this hike. It will be lead by Susanne Sener and her dog Finn, phone number:[masked].


Please bring enough water and snacks for the hike.


Please let Susanne know if you plan on attending the hike. If you change your mind, please let her know that also.


Rich [masked])


The tentative hiking schedule from August 11th through September is:

Sunday, August 11th, Catamount Trail (lead by Diane Freed)

Sunday, August 18th, Almagre Mountain

Sunday, September 1st, Chautauqua Trail 715 to the top on Mount Herman

Saturday, September 7th, Tenney Crags

Sunday, September 15th, Pancake Rocks

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  • Sean

    Thanks for showing me around the area. I have a lot of new trails to explore in the future!

    August 5, 2013

  • Finn

    Great day for this hike. Really appreciate the good company, especially Miss Abby who is exceptionally well mannered and sweet. Will post photos tomorrow.

    1 · August 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just FYI I have w every intention of coming to these hikes but I had ankle surgery 8 weeks ago and still on crutches. I am so excited to get back go hiking! I've been in pain for a year so that's why I haven't come yet. Hopefully by spring I will make them!! :)

    August 3, 2013

  • Sean

    There is a ton of parking on the east side of town, between the restaurants and the train tracks/mud puddle they call a lake... Just a quick walk across 105 will get you to the Town Hall.

    July 29, 2013

  • Finn

    3. Last update . . . parking probably will be a challenge as the Town Hall lot (our original designated parking spot) is small. I would suggest following the flow of cars and parking along the road or at the baseball diamond or where parking seems to flow. I normally like to plan to the absolute detail including parking, but Palmer Lake is so very small, and the town is pretty good about overflow parking during events. If there are any problems, please call my cell phone 719.337.1178. I hope this update doesn't deter anyone, since the reservoir is so very beautiful.

    July 29, 2013

  • Finn

    2. I had no idea when I scheduled this hike that it coincides with the 2013 Return of the Rocky Mountain Chautauqu in Palmer Lake. If you are interested, noted local historian Jim Sawatzki will be conducting a guided history tour starting at 8:00 AM at the Palmer Lake Town Hall (coincidentally, the same place we will meet at 9:00 AM). Finn and I will start the day on that tour, then meet with the secular Hikers Group at 9:00 AM. You are more than welcome to join us at either time. For more information on the Chautauqu, go to

    July 29, 2013

  • Finn

    A quick update (posted in multiple parts since there is a character limit):

    1. The reservoir hike is still on at 9:00 AM. Meet by the statue of Dizzy (across from the Palmer Lake Town Hall). No change in events, but parking could be a challenge because . . .

    July 29, 2013

  • Finn

    Great! We're looking forward to the reservoir.

    July 26, 2013

  • Sean

    I'm going to bring my dog Abby to join in the fun. She loves this trail!

    July 26, 2013

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