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Trail 121 - Waterfall Loop

Intermediate

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0.5 mile 0.9 kilometer point to point
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 104' 32 m
Descent: -82' -25 m
High: 2,081' 634 m
Low: 1,977' 603 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 18% (10°)

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Trail shared by Carol Christensen

A steep trek into the Palisades waterfall ravine with a mile ascent back to an overlook.

Carol Christensen

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers

Description

While not a true "loop" trail, this trail can be looped by using Trail 102 southwest from the parking area and then cutting north briefly before dropping down into the ravine. The singletrack trail that moves east from Trail 102 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 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.

This 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.

Flora & Fauna

Spring wildflowers, moss, lichens, pine trees, birds of prey.

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Jun 8, 2019
Sydney Hanson
1mi
Oct 23, 2018
Mal Dee
Jun 5, 2018
Effy Mathews
May 13, 2018
Carolann Eichholz
Apr 22, 2018
Cassidy Schreiber
0.5mi
Nov 24, 2017
Megan Parker
Jan 15, 2017
Carol Christensen
Snowy trails are packed and passable. Take trekking poles if you're planning to visit the falls.

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Photos

Enjoying the sunshine and wildflowers.
Apr 11, 2016 near Spokane, WA
Indian Canyon Mystic Falls is winterized.
Jan 18, 2017 near Spokane, WA
Indian Canyon/Creek.
Mar 7, 2016 near Spokane, WA
Sunshine and shade.
Apr 11, 2016 near Spokane, WA
Creek crossing.
Mar 7, 2016 near Spokane, WA
Indian Canyon Waterfall.
Mar 7, 2016 near Spokane, WA

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