Upper Palisades Lake Trail

MODERATE 5 reviews

Upper Palisades Lake Trail is a 7.1 mile out and back trail located near Sunrise, WA that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.

7.1 miles 1591 feet Out & Back



wild flowers


no dogs

From Enumclaw, S on Highway 410. 36.2 miles past mile marker 26 turn Right on Sunrise Rd for 12 miles to Sunrise Point parking lot on a hairpin curve. The trailhead is across the road

1 month ago

Did a single night right after work. It cooled rapidly after sunset and was very warm by mid morning. calm peaceful and quiet.

2 months ago

We just spent an overnight at Upper Palisades and the trail in was a bit loose and dusty the whole way in. Bugs were really only a problem till you reached the meadows headed into upper palisades. While camping at the lake we had no issue with bugs. The lake has gone down quite a bit in the last couple weeks and had been warmed up a bit.
Wildflowers were absolutely beautiful and if you can hike the ridge above upper palisades it will make for some beautiful evening views of the valleys.

1 year ago

06/07/15 - Sunday - This trail can be broken up to suit your difficulty level. There are several lakes that you will pass: Sunrise, Clover, Tom, Dick, Harry, Lower Palisades and Upper Palisades Lake. It's a beautiful hike that starts out downhill and skirts around Sunrise Lake on its way to Clover. Several large and small meadows are crossed which will be stunning in the summer and fall. Bear also like this area in the fall because of the berries, so be aware. We startled three elk standing in a small pond on the way back as we exited some trees and they took off like a freight train about 40 yards from us. Bring some extra shorts… Early morning would be the time to visit for photography. I was shooting into the sun most of the time as you can see from my posted photos. There are no views of the mountain from any of these lakes, so don't go there expecting that. No bugs and no snow to worry about.

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3 years ago

4 years ago

Lots of Alpine Lakes along this trail. Fantastic wildflower display in August. Three areas with moderate elevation changes. Bring a change of socks, plenty of water, and good strong bug juice. Some areas you'll be accompanied by a host of Mosquitos. Taking the detour to see Hidden Lake off of the main trail is worth it - good place to take a meal break. Enjoy and Happy Trails.