“A steep trek into the Palisades waterfall ravine with a mile ascent back to an overlook.”
— Carol Christensen
Need to Know
The ravine is overgrown and often very muddy. Rideing is difficult/impossible depending on the season.
While not a true "loop" trail, this trail can be looped by using Trail 102 - South Trail Green Loop
southwest from the parking area and then cutting north briefly before dropping down into the ravine. The singletrack trail that moves east from Trail 10
and takes visitors down to the bottom of the ravine is steep, rocky and very eroded in spots. Several switchbacks make it a little easier to navigate but use caution in your descent.
Once at the bottom of the ravine, turn right to see the waterfall or left to continue north along the bottom of the ravine. The trail crosses the stream several times and there are logs and rocks to help keep your feet dry. Once the trail crosses the creek at the northernmost end of the trail, it begins an ascent to the east side of the ravine. The trail within the ravine is rarely bike-friendly (based on season and recent rainfall) but the singletrack along the east side above the ravine is delightful!
This final section of trail offers a mild incline with well-defined tread. There are several other trails that connect with this one. Keep going south, up the hill until you reach a large bench cut from a mammoth tree. There's a modest overlook of the waterfall and you can either reconnect with the parking area, Trail 102 - South Trail Green Loop
, or Trail 120 - Indian Meadow Loop