Day Hike Along The Palisades Trail

Day Hike Along the Palisades Trail

By Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

May 27, 2021


Location

Length

Elevation

Our Rating

Chinook Pass , Mt Rainier

7.38 miles, roundtrip

(This is from what we recorded on a Garmin Fenix 6x

Gain: 1854 ft.

Highest Point: 4084 ft.

The Palisades Trail makes for a fun Fall hike on a day with mediocre weather. With the fall colors and flowing water, it will keep you engaged while you continue your hike.

You can hike the Palisades Trail for up to 16 miles, and continue to Snoquera Falls for an additional 2.4 miles. Or you can set whatever distance you would like on this trail!

Getting Started

The trail begins right on the side of Highway 410. After close to a half mile, you'll reach a junction with the White River Trail. Continue left, following this trail as it continues along the Dalles Creek.

At the 1 mile marker from the trailhead, you can hear the Lower Dalles Falls through the trees. This is the falls seen in the image above. It is a short side trip to go see it, which is worth it.

Continue along the trail to the first viewpoint which is about 1.7 miles in. This is a good turnaround point if you are looking for a 3.5 mile hike, or continue to the next viewpoint.

At close to 4 miles in, you'll reach another viewpoint where you can see Mt Rainier (if the weather is good). For us, this was our turnaround spot.

Overall, this hike was stimulating enough to keep it an entertaining hike, but I highly recommend it during the fall so you can see more colors!

Click on images below to see a bigger picture

Practicing LNT Principles, and Giving Back

We really want to encourage everyone to practice LNT principles when they explore these beautiful places. We spent years trying to minimize social impact on these locations, but the cat is out of the bag and these places are easy to find online. So it is our mission to share more about ways to keep these places as pristine as possible.

We also donate 3% of all our profits to organizations supporting the outdoors and working hard to keep these areas protected and safe.

About the author

Bryan Carroll CFMP, NTP, FAFS

Bryan Carroll is a certified Functional Medicine Practitioner and Movement Therapist who helps the outdoors community to reduce injuries and improve their health so they can get back to exploring nature. His big health crisis from mold exposure taught him the importance of finding the root causes to illnesses so you can take back control of your life. He is also the host of the Summit For Wellness Podcast.

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