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blueBlack Palisades Trail #1198

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6.4 mile 10.3 kilometer point to point
81% Runnable
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 2,787' 849 m
Descent: -93' -28 m
High: 5,018' 1,530 m
Low: 2,294' 699 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 41% (22°)

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Features Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

The road to access the trailhead at the top is seasonally open to vehicle traffic. Check the current status from the USFS by clicking here. A Northwest Forest Pass is required for vehicles.

Runner Notes

Trail is popular with mountain bikers, so there are a few points along the edge of the actual Palisades that you'll want to be prepared to dodge so nobody flies off a cliff.

Description

About 16 miles round trip loop.

Pull out parking on the East (LEFT as you go uphill) side of Hwy 410 about 28.1 miles outside of Enumclaw, across the street and a little uphill of the Skookum Falls viewpoint.

The trail starts on White River Trail (#1199) for about .4 miles, then steep--as in stairs--uphill on Palisades Trail (#1198) for about 2.5 miles and 2500 ft. Then beautiful views of Mt. Rainier and White River Valley as you ascend slightly along the the Palisades themselves about 6 miles, then descend via Ranger Creek Trail (#1197) back to the valley floor and return to your car about 3.5 miles via the White River Trail again, or on the side of the highway.

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