Waterfall Canyon Trail

MODERATE 10 reviews
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Waterfall Canyon Trail is a 23.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Swan Valley, Idaho that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking, trail running, camping, and backpacking. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
23.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4796 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

backpacking

camping

hiking

trail running

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

hiking
23 days ago

If you're heading to the upper Palisades lake, it's 100% worth the extra effort to head up Waterfall Canyon.

I would recommend planning your hike for late June or early July. There is a spring fed waterfall that runs year round, but if you can catch the end of the spring runoff, a second spectacular cascading waterfall will be tumbling down the opposite wall of the canyon.

As with all areas in the Snake River range, watch for black bears. They tend to be shy and avoid people, but if you're lucky you'll spot one grazing for berries on the hill sides.

If an out and back hike is not your thing, you can follow the trail up through the top of the basin and catch the Waterfall Crest trail and Lake canyon trail back down to the lower Palisades lake (although note that these parts of the trail are a little more strenuous, and the trail down Lake canyon is pretty easy to lose).

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful surrounding, great wildlife. I can't wait to camp up there

hiking
10 months ago

Tuesday, September 06, 2016

amazing hike

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

hiking
Saturday, July 09, 2016

it was a great hike thru both Palisades lakes but the waterfall is muchfarther than the map on here shows. When I did it it was at 21-22 mile round trip day hike, and fairly taxing gradual incline between upper Palisades lake and the waterfall. Killer waterfall though. I'd love to do it again. Here's a video I made of the hike: https://youtu.be/N0u1-I_Sv7g

Monday, June 06, 2016

Tuesday, May 31, 2016

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Saturday, August 01, 2015

hiking
Wednesday, February 19, 2014

This is a great overnight hike or a day bike & hike combo. On the way to Waterfall Canyon you will pass the Lower and Upper Palisades lakes and a lot of great Idaho scenery. Late last summer there was a lot of downfall on the trail from the Upper Palisades Lake to Waterfall Canyon so biking was a no go beyond the Upper Lake. The hikers and bikers on this trail are all super friendly but the horseback traffic can be quite rude at times.
I would give 5 stars for this beautiful trail network except for all the horse poo.