Palisade Creek Trail

Soda Springs, California

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Most hikers prefer attacking a steep elevation gain at the beginning of a trip rather than at the end when they may be tired and spent, but the Palisade Creek Trail defies the norm by starting out fairly mildly for the first couple of miles or so before plunging steeply toward a terminus at the bottom of North Fork American River’s canyon, just upstream from Royal Gorge. The route begins amid glacier-polished granite basins that hold tarns shaded by white firs and western white and lodgepole pines, but it passes through a number of vegetative zones on its nearly half mile of vertical descent en route to the river. Water is a bit scarce along the route, usually available only at Palisade Creek, 5 miles into the journey, and at the river. Backpackers will find modest campsites at both of those locations as well. Horses are not allowed on the trail.
Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region

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Afoot & Afield: Tahoe-Reno: 201 Spectacular Outings in the Lake Tahoe Region

by Mike White (Wilderness Press)

Most hikers prefer attacking a steep elevation gain at the beginning of a trip rather than at the end when they may be tired and spent, but the Palisade Creek Trail defies the norm by starting out fairly mildly for the first couple of miles or so before plunging steeply toward a terminus at the bottom of North Fork American River’s canyon, just upstream from Royal Gorge.

The route begins amid glacier-polished granite basins that hold tarns shaded by white firs and western white and lodgepole pines, but it passes through a number of vegetative zones on its nearly half mile of vertical descent en route to the river. Water is a bit scarce along the route, usually available only at Palisade Creek, 5 miles into the journey, and at the river. Backpackers will find modest campsites at both of those locations as well. Horses are not allowed on the trail.

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Activity Type: Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Soda Springs
Distance: 14
Elevation Gain: 300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 7 to 9 hours
Season: Best July through October
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Tahoe National Forest at 530-587-3558, www.fs.usda.gov/tahoe
Local Maps: USGS 7.5-minute Soda Springs and Royal Gorge
Driving Directions: Directions to Palisade Creek Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/19/2014
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I didn't get to spend much time on this trail, but the first 2 miles were well marked and very pretty. There are many lakes along this route. I can't wait to come back and backpack this trail.



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