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Palisades Creek Canyon and Big Elk Creek

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Recommended Routes in Palisades Creek Canyon and Big Elk Creek - 2

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Favorite Taken during the "Cowbell Race Series: Soup in the Snow" event the first Saturday of every February.
Intermediate

Upper Palisades Lake

14.4 mi 23.1 km 1,726' Up 526.16 m Up 1,726' Down 526.21 m Down

Irwin, ID
Favorite Looking to the north at the top of Baird you are rewarded with a fantastic view of the Tetons. Pictures don't do it justice.
Difficult

Mt. Baird Out and Back

9.2 mi 14.9 km 3,934' Up 1198.94 m Up 3,933' Down 1198.76 m Down

Victor, ID

Palisades Creek Canyon and Big Elk Creek Hiking

  • 77 Miles 124 Kilometers of Trail
  • 2 Recommended Routes
  • 1 Easy Trail Easy Trails
  • 7 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 6 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Palisades Creek Canyon and Big Elk Creek - 12

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4.4 mi 7.0 km #1Austin Canyon
Difficult
Irwin, ID
Difficult
Irwin, ID
4.3 mi 7.0 km #2Lower Palisades Lake Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Irwin, ID
Easy/Intermediate
Irwin, ID 11 
4.1 mi 6.6 km #3Quaker Flat Trail
Difficult
Irwin, ID
Difficult
Irwin, ID
3.3 mi 5.3 km #4Vacation Canyon Trail #118
Difficult
Irwin, ID
Difficult
Irwin, ID
12.2 mi 19.6 km #5Big Elk Creek Trail #097
Intermediate
Irwin, ID
Intermediate
Irwin, ID
5.0 mi 8.0 km #6Waterfall Canyon Trail
Difficult
Irwin, ID
Difficult
Irwin, ID
4.2 mi 6.7 km #7Upper Palisades Lake Trail
Intermediate
Irwin, ID
Intermediate
Irwin, ID
3.3 mi 5.4 km #8Sheep Creek/ Little Elk Trail #100
Intermediate
Victor, ID
Intermediate
Victor, ID
4.6 mi 7.3 km #9Dry Canyon
Difficult
Irwin, ID
Difficult
Irwin, ID
4.0 mi 6.4 km #10Little Elk Creek Trail
Difficult
Irwin, ID
Difficult
Irwin, ID
2.2 mi 3.5 km #11Blowout Canyon Trail
Difficult
Hoback, WY
Difficult
Hoback, WY
1.9 mi 3.1 km #12Spring Run
Intermediate
Hoback, WY
Intermediate
Hoback, WY

Photos of Palisades Creek Canyon and Big Elk Creek - 69

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Looking to the north at the top of Baird you are rewarded with a fantastic view of the Tetons. Pictures don't do it justice.
Jul 13, 2018 near Irwin, Not set (ID )
In the Spaulding Basin Meadow by the old cabin.
May 23, 2021 near Irwin, Not set (ID )
Taken during the "Cowbell Race Series: Soup in the Snow" event the first Saturday of every February.
Jul 13, 2017 near Irwin, Not set (ID )
Experience the trail during the winter. Creates a whole new challenge.
Jul 13, 2017 near Irwin, Not set (ID )
At the top of the ridge, this is looking toward Palisade Waterfall and Upper Palisade Lake (just around the turn in the canyon).
Jul 1, 2017 near Irwin, Not set (ID )
Time the flowers right during the year and you won't regret it!
Aug 30, 2019 near Irwin, Not set (ID )
Mt Baird in the background. This Bonneville County high point can be seen while on the map labeled Quaker Flat section.
Aug 30, 2019 near Irwin, Not set (ID )
The metal bridge and major turn to the Upper Lake. Don't miss it!
Jul 13, 2017 near Irwin, Not set (ID )