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.

Distance: 13.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,679 feet 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

hiking
4 days ago

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

hiking
4 days ago

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.

hiking
4 days ago

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

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muddy
5 days ago

Absolutely beautiful!

hiking
14 days ago

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.

18 days ago

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

hiking
21 days ago

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

hiking
21 days ago

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.

hiking
23 days ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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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icy
muddy
snow
1 month ago

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!

backpacking
1 month ago

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

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blowdown
icy
muddy
off trail
over grown
rocky
scramble
snow
washed out
6 months ago

Palisades Peak insanity loop!

hiking
muddy
snow
7 months ago

hiking
muddy
8 months ago

A Little muddy in spots but really nice along the creek. Nice shade almost the whole trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail along creek many places to stop and go down into mini waterfalls and swim spot for the dogs. I went with all three of mine went about 8 miles round trip lots of shade!

hiking
8 months ago

Upper lake is definitely a hike and camp, unless you're in really good shape. I thought I was and barely made it out, lol... cannot feel my legs or feet! Gorgeous hike and totally worth it.

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail. Lots of shade. Backpacked in and stayed the night and the weather was perfect! We tracked the hike to be 15 miles in and back. The only complaint is there is a lot of horse poo to avoid while hiking as it’s also a riding trail. But overall the scenery was incredible and the hike was just the right amount of challenging.

hiking
rocky
8 months ago

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