Palisade Lake

Missoula, Montana 59807

Palisade Lake

Palisade Lake Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This is a backpacking trip through mixed old-growth forest with scenic views of the Swan and South Fork of the Flathead River Valleys.

In contrast with most hiking in the rugged Swan Range, the trail up Lion Creek climbs gradually from the Swan Valley to the large basin beneath the Swan Divide. From the trailhead Trail 25 descends and crosses the creek on a bridge and then ascends gently through an open forest of old ponderosa pine and larch trees. At 0.8 mile a trail enters from the left, an extension to the Van Lake Road; stay right (east) on the main trail. The trail leaves the main Swan Valley, climbing rocky benches sprinkled with a few old ponderosa pines. After a short drop an outfitter trail enters from the right; stay left, continuing east on Trail 25."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
July through September
Flathead National Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Swan Peak and Sunburst Lake
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