Waterfall Canyon Trail

MODERATE 3 reviews
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Waterfall Canyon Trail is a 23.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Swan Valley, ID that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

23.3 miles 4058 feet Out & Back

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1 month ago

amazing hike

3 months ago

it was a great hike thru both Palisades lakes but the waterfall is muchfarther than the map on here shows. When I did it it was at 21-22 mile round trip day hike, and fairly taxing gradual incline between upper Palisades lake and the waterfall. Killer waterfall though. I'd love to do it again. Here's a video I made of the hike: https://youtu.be/N0u1-I_Sv7g

2 years ago

This is a great overnight hike or a day bike & hike combo. On the way to Waterfall Canyon you will pass the Lower and Upper Palisades lakes and a lot of great Idaho scenery. Late last summer there was a lot of downfall on the trail from the Upper Palisades Lake to Waterfall Canyon so biking was a no go beyond the Upper Lake. The hikers and bikers on this trail are all super friendly but the horseback traffic can be quite rude at times.
I would give 5 stars for this beautiful trail network except for all the horse poo.