Palisades Lakes Trail is a 7.1 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sunrise, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until September.
From Puyallup, east 52 miles on Highway 410 to Sunrise Road in Mount Rainier National Park. Turn right and drive 13 miles to Sunrise Point and the trailhead.
My friend and I hiked into the Lower Pallisades Lake this last Saturday for some fly fishing. This lake has been a favorite of mine since it is so hard to get too, only saw one other set of footprints on the lake shore, I caught and released 11 brook trout sizes varied from 3" to one that was pushing 11" - pretty good for high mountain trout. Flowers were really only still around on the higher ridge tops, but still beautiful. It was seriously windy and from the lake we watched the clouds racing by and could hear the wind howling in the ridge-top trees which was an added bonus. The lake is frigid even in late August, had to throw on some layers to warm up after being in the float tube for over an hour. We hiked out of the lake summiting just east of the lake, there's only game trails and the ridge is seriously steep. There's a trail that heads down from the overlook just past the Upper lake - but that isn't a recommended path down - as we literally scrambled down the mountainside zig-zag-ing our way down to the lake. Not a lot of fun with a inflated float tube attached to ones pack. I would try to find another way down by the western end of the upper lake - and following game trails down from there.
06/07/15 - Sunday - To reiterate what Dave Post wrote, this hike is near Sunrise. Many of the hikes in this area are incorrectly labeled as "Paradise Inn". I've suggested to AllTrails that this trail page be combined with the Upper Palisades Lakes Trail because it is the same. I will write a full report on that page: http://alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/upper-palisades-lake-trail
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Just a note here. This trail is near Sunrise, not Paradise (see "getting there") I've done several hikes in the Sunrise area and hope to do this one soon.
This hike started at the top of sunrise parking lot, just below Sunrise visitor Center. Hiking down sunrise ridge you drop down to sunrise lake, keep in mind you have to accend back up this trail to get back to your car.
Heading along the trail you continue you accend and decend a few times reaching Clover lake, the larger of the lakes you hike by, including tom, Dick and harry. Climbing up from clover lake was easy but beyond it is a deep decend into yet another valley, this one being steeper than the first ridge. all along the trail is meadows little creeks and trees. the views of the sourdought mtns. is unique as it had plenty of avalnches over the years. You contine beyond a primitive camp ground at Dick lake and over a large sub alpine meadow before dropping down to Palisades Lake, a jewel in the Park.
a perfect lunch break and or a quick relaxing nap before heading back. allin all about a 1200' elevation gain loss