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Upper Palisades Lake Trail is a 13.3 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.

Length 13.3 mi Elevation gain 1,679 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Backpacking

Camping

Fishing

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

Running

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

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Sydney Sunnerberg
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Hiking

Definitely closer to 14/15 miles but did not disappoint! Wasn’t overly crowded today and is not overly strenuous until the last mile to upper palisades.

Rhonda Downing
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HikingMuddy

Great trail, we explored a few spaces along the way, we did the trail out and back in about 17 miles. Pretty muddy in spots along the way. Beautiful wildflowers.

Angella Farmer
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HikingMuddy
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Katie Lockwood
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Hiking

A decent hike and the climb felt very gradual, with a little push on the incline before the lake. I clocked this as being 14 miles. My husband and I trail/road run around 3-4 miles three days a week and consider ourselves pretty fit, but we were both pretty tanked at the end, bring PLENTY of water and food. There is lots of shade on the way but still open spots, wear sunscreen.

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Mike Roberson
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HikingOver grownRocky

Beautiful trail. I spent the night on the far end of the trail and worked a hike up to the waterfall into my agenda. Lots of water sources available. I wore a pair of trail runners than had a thin sole (Altria Supreme) and they definitely were not adequate for the rocky terrain. Were something with a heavier sole. It rained all night so the trail back was muddy and slippery so I was happy to have my trekking poles for the muddy downhill return.

Dimond Loosli
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HikingOver grownRocky

Very very Beautiful. I went Mountain biking and it was very rocky and technical. But if you were to backpack in than it would be way easier. From the parking lot to the lower lake it was Heavily trafficked. But once you got passed the lower lake it wasn’t as bad. The bike around the upper lake was pretty over grown but not to bad. Again very very pretty and the water is cold but refreshing. Really fun rope swing as well

Paige Norman
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Hiking

Beautiful trail! Closer to 16 miles. We went in mid June. The river came up on the trail in a few places but it wasn't deep.

Meg Mackay
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Hiking

Gorgeous hike! I love that it switches from forest to valley to lake terrain. It makes it a long hike without any boredom. We measured 15 miles, round trip on our Strava app.

McKenzie Ryan
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Hiking

Beautiful hike with incredible views throughout the entire trail. Fairly moderate ups and downs until the last 1.5 miles, when the trail got quite steep. But worth it! From the trailhead, to upper palisades lake and back to the trailhead, was actually a little over 15 miles according to my all trails recording. It took us 6.5 hours with several breaks

Megan Marie
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HikingRocky

Beautiful hike, well worth going to the upper lake for fishing. Took us about 6 hours roundtrip with lots of breaks.

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Chelsey Chapman
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HikingBugs

Beautiful amazing trail! Yes there is some muddy part of the trail, and yes some little streams in them, but it’s worth it! Backpacked up and camped (200 feet away) at upper palisades and it was wonderful. Bring your bug spray though, those little devils be out! We did hike up through waterfall canyon as well and sadly saw no waterfalls, just a lot of snow. Granted we only hiked three miles in, maybe had we kept going we would have seen one. Just too much snow and not enough water so we turned around. Buuuuut... still worth it

Megan Allen
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BackpackingBugsFloodedMuddy

Some parts of the trail are streams, water proof shoes are a must. Hiked 5/30-5/31 about 15 miles. Amazing views, upper lake is crystal clear

Michelle Wiest
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Hiking

Hiked to the upper lake. Great trail and beautiful scenery. I agree with others that it is closer to 16 miles.

Melina Jicha
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Hiking

My second time doing this hike and it was as beautiful as ever. we went to the Upper lake, and it is quite a hike. I'm definitely sore now! But so worth it.

Dálete Araújo
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Hiking

Great trail. It’s about 8 miles round trip to the LOWER lakes. Gradual elevation. Took us about 4h ish.

Sadie Lockyer
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HikingMuddy

Absolutely beautiful!

Layne Millier
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Hiking

Our trip was awesome, eagles, osprey, snakes mountain goats and caught a bunch of cutthroat fish (released), last mile was hard trekking through the snow. Close to to 16 mile hike.

Savannah Tobey
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5.10.20 practically all the snow has melted on the trail. easy hike, lots of gardner snakes, bugs are starting to make their debuts but arent bad. swam in the lake and it is cold

Dan Kendall
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Hiking

Beautiful views. Heavy traffic. Worth the hike. Hopefully you’re not afraid of snakes. The lake is full of water snakes. Fishing was great!

Darien Miskin
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Hiking

Extremely crowded today. The creek was high and flowing strong. The flowers are just starting to bloom. It was as always a beautiful hike. Everyone on the trail was courteous and friendly. We went trail running and did some side exploration on the cliffs. We saw a few groups mountain biking.

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James OBrien
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Hiking

Hiked 5/7 and snow is gone. It was a beautiful hike; first time for us. Stays low enough so it is a good early season trail.

Robert Smith
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Hiking

Hiked April 28th. Went 2 miles in and it was beautiful. Some parts had a little bit of snow/mud but most of the trail was very dry.

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Kelceymarie Ward
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

Gorgeous hike but we had to turn back because we were afraid to walk on so much ice and snow (next to the river) with small children. Hope to try again in June!

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Logan Wagstaff
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Backpacking

Went in June, perfect day, pretty easy hike, gets semi steep at the end but so worth it.

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