The climb to the Lower Palisades Lake is a very gradual climb and very wide trail for the beginner. There are a couple rock steps, but easily hike-a-bike for a short distance.
Lower Palisades Creek is a nice, well-groomed trail, however it can be narrow and rocky in sections with large tree roots. There are easy big bridges across creek crossings. When you hit the upper part of the trail, the last stretch into the Lower Palisades Lake has a few switchbacks, however, still on very wide, well-designed trail. The geography is worth the trip as big rock cliffs stretch out of the Douglas Fir forest. This is a great trail for intermediate riders but I would not advise for beginners.
The trail continues past Lower Palisades Lake, however it does get narrower and more technical as less traffic ventures past the beautiful little lake. At the northeast end of the lake, keep an eye out for moose as this is textbook moose habitat and beautiful fly fishing too.
At the trail junction at the northeast end where we turned around is a survival cabin, pictured, and a trail junction with Chicken Springs Trail #153. To that point, it has been a very moderate climb and absolutely gorgeous ride on the fat tire bike with only about three inches of snow. The trailhead at the beginning is well-marked with a restroom and camping facilities.
Shared By: Brian DiLenge