A view of the White River from The Palisades Trail
This is a perfect hike for Spring. It's snow free, and it's a relatively easy one! I have not hiked this trail, but it sounds good.
Here is an article from the Seattle Backpackers Magazine describing the hike:
Snoquera Palisades (Greenwater)
When it’s still winter at higher elevations we recommend the Palisades Trail (No. 1198), a scenic spring hike with views, waterfalls and wildflowers. Wildflowers grace the moss-lined trail in spring and early summer: bleeding hearts, yellow violets, trilliums, red flowering currant, vanilla leaf, even Calypso orchids (also known as fairy slippers) can often be spotted in the forest.
The magic begins on the White River Trail (No. 1199) just off State Route 410 east of Greenwater. Hike 0.1 mile along the White River trail then turn left at the junction with the Palisades Trail. You’ll hear Lower Dalles Falls well before you see it. In spring the waterfall puts on a spectacular display from melting snow. A short spur leads to the base for a closer look.
Back on the main trail you’ll climb away from the waterfall toward the Palisades as the trail follows a delicately engineered route between Dalles Creek and towering cliffs. You’ll soon reach a steep staircase that makes quick work of an almost vertical pitch. Above the stairs you’ll cross Dalles Creek – look below (right) for a partial view of Upper Dalles Creek Falls. After crossing Dalles Creek the trail ducks into the forest and in about a half mile reaches the first of several promontories that overlook the White River valley, Sun Top Mountain and foothills (study the map for more options).
Getting there: From Enumclaw drive east about 28 miles on State Route 410, park on the left side of the highway (parking is limited), elevation (2,352 feet). The trailhead is just past the overlook of Skookum Falls and is designated with a small sign. A Northwest Forest Pass is required.
Map: The map is Green Trails No. 238 (Greenwater).
Stats: It is about five miles round-trip to the first viewpoint with 1,100 feet gain.
For additional information, rules and regulations and/or current trail conditions, call the Enumclaw Ranger District (Mount-Baker Snoqualmie National Forest) at[masked] or visit their website just below.
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