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Vacation Canyon Trail #118

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3.3 mile 5.3 kilometer point to point
58% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 2,591' 790 m
Descent: -1' 0 m
High: 9,302' 2,835 m
Low: 6,712' 2,046 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 15% (9°)
Max Grade: 32% (18°)

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Trail shared by Jeff Fullmer

An incredibly difficult run, but well worth it.

Jeff Fullmer

Features Fall Colors · Wildflowers · Wildlife

It will be June before the snow melts off enough to climb this.

Need to Know

This is a confusing turnoff. There is some new signage that should help (pictured). Just past Upper Palisades Lake, you'll be turning left (west) instead of going straight on the Waterfall Canyon Trail. There is a third trail, Dry Canyon, that goes to the SE as well. Another marker that you are close to this turnoff is you'll pass an outhouse on your left. However, the trail itself is well marked.

Runner Notes

Anyone up for hill repeats? :)

You can continue up the ridgeline if you want to reach Palisades Peak to add more miles.

Description

This trail is very steep but so worth it. This climb will test your mettle and your knees. The views of Upper Palisades Lake Trail and the lake itself are unprecedented. Most people go to the Waterfall Canyon Trail and miss out on this gem.

The challenge is getting to this trailhead; you have to run in. By this point you have gone about 10 miles. Plan on almost completing a marathon if you want to hit this and head back out on the same day.

Flora & Fauna

Moose, elk, deer, and DOZENS of wildflowers can be found on this trail.

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Upper Palisades Lake in the distance. Hard to believe the lake is over a mile long when seen from this distance.
Jun 15, 2018 near Irwin, Not set (ID )
A closer look of Upper Palisades Lake
Jun 15, 2018 near Irwin, Not set (ID )
The turnoff, don't miss it!
Jun 15, 2018 near Irwin, Not set (ID )

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