Some moose can be seen in the area. Miles. Rocky steep narrow trail. The six-mile trail is in good condition and can be used for hikers, backpackers or horses. Long if you hike to the second lake (we recorded about 13 miles) but not steep and really pleasant the whole way. Camping is permitted here at Upper Palisades Lake as well as at Dick Lake. Upper Palisade Lake. Land Manager: USFS - Caribou & Targhee National Forests Office, 39.0 mi Lower Palisades Creek is a nice, well-groomed trail, however it can be narrow and rocky in sections with large tree roots. Travel. Explore . Photo by: Marc Bowen – Lower Palisades Lake Average hiking time: 5 hours. About 15 miles round trip. The six-mile trail is in good condition and can be used for hikers, backpackers or horses. If your destination is still the Palisades Lakes, stay right at the Hidden Lake Junction. ... Upper Palisades Lake, Idaho - Duration: 12:35. Sign Up . Clover lake is next lake you will pass. Jeff Austin 2,961 views. If your destination is still the Palisades Lakes, stay right at the Hidden Lake Junction. Trails in this area are in the Palisades Backcountry and are non-motorized; ATV's and Motorcycles are not allowed in the campground. This feature-filled hike traverses archetypal subalpine parklands to Surprise Lake, Clover Lake and the Tom-Dick-Harry Lakes en route to UPL. Watch out for leeches in the lake. There is a nice and small campsite near Dick Lake. 2,246' Up … Follow the Palisades Lake Trail past Clover Lake to Upper Palisades Lake. Some moose frequent the area. Upper Palisades Lake Trail is a 15 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Irwin, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as moderate. In another mile is Clover Lake. 11.8 km DIFFICULT 6.7 mi. You will pass by Tom, Dick and Harry Lakes on the right side of the path. Log In. 2,246' Down Super pretty hike. I did this hike with a friend of mine a few years ago and it really was a great hike for someone looking for a challenging beginning hike. It can easily be hiked, and you will often times see horses and hikers along the trail. I’d recommend a sturdy-soled pair of hiking boots for this trail because there a lot of rocky parts to hike through. 13.5 km If you are looking for a day hike I would highly recommend going to Upper Palisades Lake. From the camp the trail enters thicker forest area and then reaches Upper Palisades Lakes. Along the trail we saw 12 horses, 12 dogs and a rat (ra Photo by: Marc Bowen This (above) is the bridge that crosses the lower lake outlet. Lower Palisades feels more like a pond built for personal reflection than a lake that symbolizes depth. We spent about 2 hours hanging by the lake and we were out and back by 8pm. If you're looking for a longer trip, the trail to Upper Palisades lake continues up Waterfall Canyon and connects with the trail down Little Elk Creek. Sheep Creek Peak via Palisades Creek Trail. Billowing clouds accompanied us on the 13-mile hike today as we ventured out onto a trail that followed the Snake River to Lower and Upper Palisades Lakes. The canyon is beautiful with constant access to water so bring a filter. The upper lake is beautiful than expected. 745' Up We saw a Moose with 2 babies and a few small snakes. No views of Mount Rainier. OR. • 12:35 . The Hike To Upper Palisades Lake Is One Of The Most Beautiful Trails In Idaho You'll be utterly mesmerized when you see what's waiting for you at the end of this trail. 10/10 recommend, so gorgeous. Palisades Creek Trail. I was surprised by the size and color. It was a bit chilly but it was so refreshing. About 3.5 miles from the trailhead the trail skirts Upper Palisades Lake with a designated campsite (left) at an obvious junction. Took 7 hours total. 788' Down If you're looking for a longer trip, the trail to Upper Palisades lake continues up Waterfall Canyon and connects with the trail down Little Elk Creek. Get there early, bc this is a popular one! 62.7 km Jeff Austin 2,961 views. Apr 28, 2019 - You'll be utterly mesmerized when you see what's waiting for you at the end of this trail. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. 7,576' Down 2,949' Down The trail to Palisades Lakes wanders through a beautiful valley and makes its way past a handful of scenic alpine lakes. 117.19 m Down, 14.2 mi For a larger lake, continue on for about three miles to the Upper Palisades Lake. Hiking the trails and fishing Palisades Creek and the Upper and Lower Palisades Lakes will keep you busy all day. The hiking trail is separate from the Palisades Reservoir. 2456.99 m Up No bears, but 5 small snakes on the trail. Worth going to the upper lake if you have the time. A lot of people do this trail as a multi-day hike. From the camp the trail enters thicker forest area and then reaches Upper Palisades Lakes. The Palisades is great for many reasons: the scenery, most of the hike is pretty flat, and there’s not one, but TWO lakes. the trail itself follows a creek up to lower palisades and evenutally after climbing a few hundred feet with switchbacks, reaches upper palisades lake. I drank a LOT of water and had to ration it toward the end. When you hit the upper part of the trail, the last stretch into the Lower Palisades Lake has a few switchbacks, however, still on very wide, well-designed trail. A swim in the lake was cold but worth it. NOT OKAY! So gorgeous and quiet. Wear sunscreen and if you go to the lake bug repellent. 385' Up The lower lake has a great campground and is very cool. The Upper Palisades Lake is in a beautiful valley surrounded by forest and is a favorite spot for camping. No views of Mount Rainier. • Palisades Creek Trail can be used only by hikers, backpackers or horses as it is in the Palisades Wilderness Study area. Lower Palisades Lake is fairly small. Share on Trail Run Project. It's another three miles and 500 feet up to Upper Palisades Lake. The Upper Palisades Lake has better camping because sites at the lower lake fill up sooner. Didn’t apply bug spray and there were hardly any bugs. 787' Up Palisades Creek Trail is located about 50 miles southeast of Idaho Falls and about 60 miles west of Jackson Hole WY in Swan Valley Idaho. But tucked away in Swan Valley, the Palisades Creek trail is perfect in every season. Note: There is a $15 per vehicle fee to enter Mount Rainier National Park or the $80 annual Interagency Pass can also be used. The upper lake at 6.2 miles, .5 mile form the Palisades Creek Trail, has better camping because sites at the lower lake fill up sooner. 16 Jour: June 16, 2018 A cleansing rain swept through Victor, Idaho, last evening giving rise to a clear sunny day in the Teton Valley. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Hiking the trails and fishing Palisades Creek and the Upper and Lower Palisades Lakes will keep you busy all day. For this out-and-back run, you follow the Palisades Creek all the way up to the Upper Palisades Lake, while passing the Lower Palisades Lake. 1800' elevation gain. Sunrise lake is the first lake you will encounter but take the path to the right, better lakes are up ahead. A very nice camping is available at Palisades Lakes, but don’t forget the permits. The perimeter of the lake displayed clear evidence of the lack of rain over the last several months. If you’re not ready for lunch or to turn back, head uphill on the path (right) that climbs to Brown Peak. 898.79 m Down, 7.3 mi started at 1:15 pm. From SR-410 in Mount Rainier National Park, take the Sunrise Road to the Palisades Lake Trailhead (aka Sunrise Point) at third switchback on the road (6,100 ft). Upper Palisades Lake on the John Muir trail can be reached by either using the Bishop Pass trail from the north or the Taboose Pass trail from the south (via Mather Pass). This hike to a hidden lake is a must for all Idahoans. This is bear country and as such you should take proper precautions. The main trail ends at Upper Palisades Lake, one mile beyond this junction. So beautiful it’s a shame to not give oneself plenty of time to enjoy it. The upper lake is 6.2 miles and it is here where the Palisades Creek Trail begins. • Ultimately, a pretty fun day hike! Challenging for mountain biking. Absolutely beautiful. 1700' elevation gain. There are easy big bridges across creek crossings. Would also definitely recommend bring a pair of water shoes/sandals to step into the lake. Some campers were heading up on our way down. Apr 28, 2019 - You'll be utterly mesmerized when you see what's waiting for you at the end of this trail. 2,949' Up The trail up to Upper Palisades Lakes is one of the most popular trails in eastern Idaho because the lake offers excellent fishing, gorgeous mountain scenery, good wildlife viewing possibilities, easy hiking and a Forest Service campground at the entrance of the canyon. Would definitely do this hike again. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, camping, horses, and backpacking and is best used from March until November. Create Recommended Route or • The trail is well maintained and well used so you don’t have to look out for much, as far as overgrowth or debris. The last mile and a half before the higher lake sucked, but so worth it. Saw a moose on our way to the upper lake. Along the trail we saw 12 horses, 12 dogs and a rat (rat because the dog was smaller than a chihuahua), three snakes, and a moose and its baby. Loved this hike! 744' Down I’ve hiked this trail in the summer and winter (saw a moose!). Lower Palisade Lake Begins at Sunrise Point. This trail actually leads you to both the lower and upper Palisades Lakes while leading you through a scenic forested area. About 15 miles round trip. https://www.mountaineers.org/activities/routes-places/palisades-lakes The six-mile trail is in good condition and can be used for hikers, backpackers or horses. 227.21 m Up The hiking trail is separate from the Palisades Reservoir. TrailerParkRangers/YouTube These scenic lakes rest quietly in the shadow of the Tetons and on the edge of the Caribou-Targhee National Forest. Us with Upper Palisades Lake in the background. Hiking Trails (2) 1. The four mile hike up to lower Palisades Lake or the 6.2 mile hike to Upper Palisades Lake (elevation 6800 feet) provide some of wonderful mountain views of the Snake River Range. Throughout our hike the clouds came and went but by the time we reached our destination the sun was the only thing in the blue sky. This (above) is the bridge that crosses the lower lake outlet. Please explain. Lower Palisade Lake. Us with Upper Palisades Lake in the background. The trail continues along the waters edge at the left side of the lake and then on up the canyon about another three miles to Upper Palisades Lake. The trail doesn't end at Upper Palisades Lake; from upper Palisades Lake you can continues up Waterfall Canyon and connects with Little Elk Creek Trail. We skirted the trail up and around for a cliffside view of Lower Palisades Lake far below. This trail was named for an interesting rock formation called "The Palisades" which towers over the lakes near the trail's end. Also if you don’t want to do the whole loop (15 miles) you can stop when you get to the lake and we did about 13 miles! 898.84 m Up Local Trail Association Teton Mountain Bike Alliance Something else? You can also continue up Palisades Creek past the turnoff for Upper Palisades Lake. • Palisades Creek Campground is nestled in the Palisades Creek Canyon. Average hiking time: 5 hours. 22.8 km This is about an injury or accident The trail continues on through rolling meadows and woods until you reach Upper Palisades Lake on the left (at 3.5 miles from the trailhead). 2309.22 m Down, 5.3 mi How to Get There. My GPS showed 14.4 miles RT. One of my favorite trails!!!! Photo by: Marc Bowen. It was a great hike, camped out. 684.47 m Up We left early and got a parking spot, took our time on the ascent and spend a good 40 minutes at the lake. The trail from the trailhead to the lower lake is relatively easy with a steep section right before you get to the lake (there is some switchbacking at this point). Lots of bugs, so take bug spray. I’d like to backpack in and stay overnight to explore the entirety of the lake. This hike to a hidden lake is a must for all Idahoans. Noticed 2-3 families backpacking to camp at the top. Connect with Facebook. We live in elevation so if you are acclimated this isn’t too tough of a trail. Note that dogs are not allowed on trails in the park. The trail starts across the road and heads downhill to Sunrise Lake, the first of many you’ll encounter. The trail gets a little steep at the last mile but is well worth it as the upper lake is amazing. • Near Irwin, Idaho. 920: reach Upper Palisades Lake 1035: leave Upper Palisades Lake after exploring area 1110: arrive Hidden Lake (5750 ft) 1140: arrive Green Saddle (6329 ft) +Green Park 1225: arrive Palisades Peak (7000 ft) 1230: leave Palisades Peak 107: reach hidden lake 250: reach Sunrise Point. The upper lake is 6.2 miles and it is here where the Palisades Creek Trail begins. It such a beautiful hike. Passing over rocky sections of trail, listen and look for pikas; if you’re quiet you’ll be able to spot them. 684.46 m Down. OR. The Palisades Lakes Trail runs 3.55 miles from Sunrise Point to Upper Palisades Lake in the Sourdough Range of Mount Rainier National Park. About a mile past the first lake the trail gets a little confusing but just stick by the river. link Copy Link. 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