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Palisades - Hwy 410

We leave the PnR at 7:30 am, so please arrive a few minutes early for driver/passenger assignments.  Also we are collecting annual dues of $5 of which covers your being a member of these three meetup groups: MR&B, OHORG, and Olympia Area Activities, Socializing & Friends.

Distance: 9 miles round trip (RT) out and back

Elevation Gain/High point: 2,680/5300 feet

Overall appeal rating/how difficult this trail is to hike (5 being the hardest): ***/4

Pace: Slow to moderate, you should be in shape to do this hike

Pass: None needed.

Drive: 1 hour each way (SR 512 to SR 410) (92 miles RT)  Suggest $10.00 gas contribution for driver

Conditions: Expect muddy trail conditions. Expect rapidly changing weather conditions including rain and wind.  This is a “10 essentials” trek.

Disclaimer: We will be in the backcountry. Serious injury or death can occur. I am not a professional guide, by attending this hike you are assuming responsibility for your own personal safety and only yourself can be held responsible.

Description: see http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/palisades

This trail has it all, from beautiful forests, beautiful waterfalls, good climbing and fun descents to technical sections with views of Mount Rainier from cliffs that will inspire you. 

Begin a steep climb right from the Highway 410. 0.4 miles in, hikers arrive at a junction with the White River Trail #1199. Keep left, following the Palisades Trail #1198 up a set of switchbacks that parallel the steep canyon along Dalles Creek through forest.

Listen for Lower Dalles Falls, one mile from the trailhead. Take a side trail to the right for a closer look. This is a snow-driven creek, and in the mid summer it is just a trickle. Late spring and early summer are the best time to visit. 

Push past the falls, up the wooden staircase and continue to switchback uphill. Cross two creeks on wooden bridges at 1.2 and 1.4 miles from the trailhead, respectively, until the trail becomes a gentle climb. At 1.7 mils, reach the first viewpoint along the trail. With good weather you will see Sun Top Mountain and Skookum Falls (another snow-driven waterfall) across the White River Valley.

Continue on, hiking through old-growth forest and climbing 1.3 miles to the next viewpoint--North Snoquera Point. From here, the views are impressive: Mount Rainier and Sun Top Mountain rise above the valley. 

Moving on, follow the trail through a section of young forest and drop down, crossing Snoquera Creek on two wooden bridges. You will reach the third view point--South Snoquera Point--about 4.5 miles from the trailhead. Mount Rainier is in front, Sun Top Mountain on the right and Ranger Creek Airport on the left below.

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  • Bill V

    For those reviewing the photos, we actually went up to Crystal Mtn Resort and snowshoe'd the Silver Creek trail. 6 miles RT. That's why you see chair lifts in the background of some of the photos. Palisades trail was too wet and muddy.

    6 days ago

  • Casey

    Amazing snow!!! Winter wonderland. Thanks for leading, Bill, and your amazing patience. Shelly/Julie, great to be with you again.

    6 days ago

  • Julie C

    Thanks Bill for wonderful snowshoe!!

    6 days ago

  • Wanda C.

    Looks like an amazing trip!!

    6 days ago

  • Shelly

    Thanks Bill for another beautiful snowshoe

    December 3

    • Kellie H

      Oh my gosh, so sorry to miss this! Snowshoes for Christmas!! Thank you for posting!

      December 3

  • Kellie H

    Folks, I am truly sorry to do this on my first sign up but I am not a snowshoer (yet). Love my microspikes but no snowshoes so I'll have to pass this time. Casey and Wanda, thank you for trying to work out the carpool, I hope to meet up with you on a future activity.

    December 1

    • Casey

      No worries-we understand. Thanks for letting us know. Hope to see you on the trail in the near future.

      December 1

    • Wanda C.

      I have an extra pair, but not sure if I'm going to make it so will offer to share next time.

      December 2

  • Casey

    FYI those of you coming from Oly area, may want to carpool to the P&R. Just let others know if you might have room for them to ride with you. Thanks.

    December 1

  • Bill V

    Saturday's trek will require snowshoes and rain gear. We will probably encounter rain at the lower elevations but snow higher up. We may be carrying our snowshoes for part of the hike so make sure you can attach them securely to your pack.

    November 30

    • Wanda C.

      SNOW! SNOW! : )

      November 30

    • Wanda C.

      I have 4 wheel drive and am willing...but no chains...

      November 30

  • Bill V

    If you are interested in snow conditions for our hike, check out the Crystal Mtn Resort webcams. I anticipate we will reach about 4,400 feet ASL on our hike which is equal to the resorts lower right webcam (base area). https://crystalmountainresort.com/the-mountain/webcams/. By Wednesday I will determine if this is a snowshoe trek or not.

    November 27

  • Tom G.

    Are you sure that this won't be a snowshoe outing? I see where the snow level is dropping down to 2500 ft this week.

    November 26

    • Bill V

      As we get closer to Saturday, I will recommend the proper traction devices. To early to tell what we will need. Thanks for the concern, Tom.

      November 26

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