Palisades Trail (#1198)

MODERATE 32 reviews
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Palisades Trail (#1198) is a 11.3 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Enumclaw, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, mountain biking, and snowshoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2979 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

This trail has it all, from beautiful forests, good climbing and fun descents to technical sections with views of Mt. Rainier from cliffs that will inspire you. Start hiking through old growth timber. At a tenth of a mile cross Dalles Creek and for the next mile be careful as you hike through a series of short switchbacks in loose rock. You will gradually climb and cross Snoquera Creek at mile 3.7. At mile 4.7 you reach viewpoints of the White River Valley below. The next section of your hike will take you through a recent timber harvest area at mile 5.5. Another viewpoint of the valley below is just ahead at mile 5.7. At mile 6.6 is the junction with Ranger Creek Trail 1197.

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

Zero negative remarks. This is an all around perfect day hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked trail to Dalles Falls. Went in off of 410 just past viewpoint. Mostly uphill does not flatten out much, but a pretty trail. the first creek you cross over you have to walk across rocks or walk through the water. If you have hiking boots you will be fine. Went on the 4th and only one other group on trail. Took our dogs, which is a bonus. Would love to go back and hike to the viewpoints. Could not do it this time because we went later in the day when it was cooler.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful hike! Accidentally drove past the entrance for first time around so just keep an eye out for the sign once you come close on your gps. The weather was sunny and about 65 degrees. The trail was nicely kept and a good workout for the calves. Definitely recommend it!!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

6/22/2017 (Thursday) - Sunny, clear, cool, 50-70F. Up to the 2nd viewpoint, 6 miles out and back, very light traffic, very good condition. Falls are getting dry. Numerous switchbacks on the first mile up along the creek, being graded for an easier climb up the steep cliff. Flowers appear on the viewpoints. A biker dashes down, so must beware of bikes. Only a small part of Mt Rainier's top is in sight at 2nd viewpoint.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing hike! We didn't finish the whole trail and it was amazing!

First part of hike is switch backs. Some are steep, others are rolling up and down.

First waterfall was spectacular and roaring. Second waterfall was beautiful and more serene.

After second waterfall, you have stairs and gentle switchbacks. You cross two creeks then your in the silent forest as I'd like to call it.

We turned around at the first ledge lookout.

We will definitely be going again!

P.S. heard there are still snow patches past the lookout on the way to the end of trail.

hiking
3 months ago

My wife and I joined Trail Mix to hike Palisades Trail. We went up to the second viewpoint. The weather was cloudy. My wife and I joined Trail Mix group to hike Palisades Trail. We went up to the second viewpoint. The weather was cloudy. The temperature at the trailhead was 48 F and 40 F at the top. There still was some snow just before the second viewpoint, but it was manageable with regular boots. Dalles Falls had high water volume and very impressive.

3 months ago

Found this by accident kinda.. Directly off 410 ..hardly any one there..we ran into 4 groups of people the whole time.. trail was dry untill we got to the snow probly 4 miles in.. fantastic view and Waterfalls

hiking
4 months ago

One of my favorite hikes! Lots of switchbacks but from the trailhead to the lookout it's only about and hour hike. The view at the lookout is incredible. There is a light dusting of snow at the upper forest area. Definitely would do it again

hiking
7 months ago

Excellent winter hike, could have used snowshoes after the upper waterfall. Made it halfway to the north snoquera point from the south point.

hiking
8 months ago

9 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

I went up late so there wasn't much time to waste. I went out and back to the first viewpoint. There is one large log across the switchback that you have to navigate over. The falls were raging after recent rains.

hiking
10 months ago

11 months ago

hiking
Friday, July 22, 2016

Hiked with my two dogs today and had a great time. Very good trail. Not busy at all. Beautiful viewpoint and waterfalls. Would recommend and will be back. Worth the drive.