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Palisades Creek to Sheep Creek

HARD 7 reviews

Palisades Creek to Sheep Creek is a 16.4 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Irwin, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, fishing, and backpacking and is best used from July until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 16.4 miles Elevation Gain: 4,471 feet Route Type: Point to Point

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4 months ago

Great hike. Beautiful vistas. I went from sheep creek to palisades. No water this time of year until you reach waterfall canyon. so bring plenty because the 4000 foot climb in hot weather is brutal. The trail gets a little ambiguous during the descent into waterfall canyon.

4 months ago

Just finished this hike. Went backwards from Sheep creek to Palisades Creek, and the initial climb was brutal. 4000+ elevation gain over 3.5 miles. It was worth it though, great views of the surrounding valley and mountains.

5 months ago

We went up Sheep Creek in late June and ran into a ton of snow. We couldn't make it to the top.

8 months ago

This is a beautiful hike with a variety of scenery. Other than a short stretch where the trail switchbacks from the creek to the upper lake, it is easy even for kids. The lower lake doesn't seem very exciting to me, but the creek and the upper lake are spectacular both for the views and for the fishing. The area is great for seeing mountain goats, black bears, and moose. If you want a longer backpacking route, consider continuing past the upper lake, up Waterfall Canyon, and down Little Elk Creek (requiring a vehicle on each end).

9 months ago

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