Upper Palisades Lake Trail

MODERATE 114 reviews
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Upper Palisades Lake Trail is a 15.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Irwin, Idaho that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
15.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2368 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

backpacking

camping

fly fishing

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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4 days ago

The trail is very narrow not much of an incline until you get half way up to the upper Lake long beautiful scenery saw a moose and the baby moose one snake the water is gorgeous

12 days ago

Fun trail. We took our kids and our dog, camped at the lower lake, and hiked to the upper lake and back down the next day. Bring your bug spray; the biting flies and mosquitoes are out of control.

18 days ago

Makes for a long day hike but so worth it.

hiking
21 days ago

hiking
26 days ago

This was probably the most beautiful hike i've been on so far The lakes were pretty full The creek was moving pretty fast . It was an awesome hike.

27 days ago

Busy trail but fun and scenic

27 days ago

hiking
27 days ago

1 month ago

it was a great hike

1 month ago

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fishing
1 month ago

great hike. pretty long but well worth the work once you get to the lake. great fishing as well!!

hiking
1 month ago

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hiking
2 months ago

A beautifully scenic hike, enjoy!

backpacking
3 months ago

Great little hike, Took an overnighter to the upper lake, about a half mile form the lake the snow starts to get knee level, so either wear gaiters or try to beat the heat so it doesn't melt and you fall through. But a beautiful, easy hike for everyone.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful area!! Summer & Fall are the best times to take this hike. Start earlier in the morning if you are making the full hike. Advice from many hikers- Don't get caught in the canyon at dark!(Very dangerous due to mountain lions)

backpacking
5 months ago

I have done this in the summer and it was great, (hence the five stars) but this time was the hardest hike I have ever attempted. I just went up with a friend last night. We started late at about 4 in the afternoon. That was a bad decision. the snow there now is about 3 1/2 to 4 feet. We were prepared for snow but not this much. It was going good for about two miles but our feet constantly fell through the half packed snow after the second mile. Darkness fell quickly and we hiked for about another hour through the snow but made little progress. We encountered a bear just as we were about to cross the last bridge before the lower lake and decided to turn back about a half mile to a grove of trees. in and out we saw 6 moose, 7 deer, and a bear. although we didn't make it to the first lake, we had fun and saw some great winter sights. Be aware that there are multiple (5 or so) avalanches blocking the trail. bring snowshoes and climbing gear.