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Palisade Creek Trail to Heath Falls

Palisade Creek Trail to Heath Falls in Tahoe National Forest near Soda Springs The hike to Heath Falls Overlook is all downhill then it is back out all 1,700 ft. up, up, and up!!! The trail starts at the dam between the two Cascade Lakes of which is the first of many. We will encounter granite, vistas, 7,704 foot Devils Peak, Palisade Creek Bridge, and a view of the American River's Heath Falls at trails end as well. Source: California Hiking of Foghorn Outdoors Scenic: 10 of 10 (10 being most beautiful as mentioned in the book) Difficulty: Moderate (listed as 3 of 5, 5 being strenuous) Distance: 10 miles Elevation gain: 1,700 ft. Duration: 5 hours plus lunch break Dogs: Yes Directions: East on I-80 to Soda Springs, take the Soda Springs/Norden exit and follow Old Highway 40 east for 0.8 mile to Soda Springs Road, make a right and drive 0.8 mile to Pahatsi Road, turn right and after .02 mile it turns to a dirt road at which point becomes Kidd Lakes Road, at 1.5 miles, you'll reach a fork, continue straight for 2.3 more miles, passing Kidd Lake on your left and the Royal Gorge Devils Lookout Warming Hut on your right, take the left fork after the warming hut and drive 0.5 mile farther to the trailhead, signed as Palisade Creek Trail which is on the North side of Cascade Lakes. *** Remember to pay the driver of your carpool $3.50 per hour of drive time *** Please, if I may have left anything out or you have any questions and or concerns do let me know by posting it on the board or email me with link at left. Tod A. Olson

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  • A former member
    A former member

    This is one of the best hikes I've been on, and I'm looking forward to repeating it. I especially enjoyed the wide variety of terrain we hiked through - granite slabs/domes, aspen glens, fir and pine stands, pretty meadows, lush jungles, (skeeters were voracious in there!!). Though Heath Falls were very low and it was a bit scary trying to get a view of them, it was worth the effort. The sighting of a huge pile of fresh bear poo added to the sense of adventure! Thanks to Todd for another terrific outing!

    June 25, 2007

  • Jay G.

    Unfortunately the view point for heath falls is 1/4 mile west onto posted private property and through trees. (I think many did not see Heath Falls at all). Maybe there is a way to the base not on PP

    June 25, 2007

  • A former member
    A former member

    I wish the group had stayed together better. I got separated from the group, and it was scary being out on my own, not sure I'm on the right trail. I would have slowed the group down, so perhaps I shouldn't have taken on such a strenuous hike as my first in years.

    June 25, 2007

  • Brandy

    Unfortunetely i had to miss it!

    June 24, 2007

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very pretty hike. The North Fork of the American was awesome. Missed the falls, but swimming in the river was great. Brant, next time you swim you should take your cell phone out of your pocket. Just a suggestion.

    June 24, 2007

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to rate this hike a 10 as far as the scenery, the hike back was fairly strenous, We, being "Dell" and I came across a single member of a native tribemen indigenous to the area, strangely enough "HE" was not wearing a stitch of clothes and mumbled only a few words over and over We could only decipher a couple of words We believe it was Deana, me miss Deana? Anyway, we killed him with his one blowdart and headed back to the trailhead after
    barbecueing his carcass. kind of tough it was. Had a great time otherwise.

    June 24, 2007

  • Del M.

    Did not make it to the waterfall with the group but ended up at the nudist colony. Okay just kiddin! bout the nudist colony

    June 23, 2007

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