Best of Palisades Park
ElevationAscent: 472' 144 m
Descent: -474' -144 m
High: 2,207' 673 m
Low: 1,983' 605 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 19% (11°)
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“This loop hike will take you through the best views and meadows Palisades has to offer, with history and a waterfall too.”— Carol Christensen
Once you've waded through the bog, the trail converges on Rimrock Drive. Follow the road for several hundred yards until you come to a cut-off on your right. A short, steep scramble will take you to a trail that traverses about halfway up the west side of the canyon/ravine. This section of trail tends to get overgrown in the summer due to lack of use, so long pants are a good idea.
As you hike out of the treeline and into the meadow, Trail 120 - Indian Meadow Loop meets Trail 102 - South Trail Green Loop. Take a left (west) at this junction. You'll pass another trail to your right very soon after, but keep going on Trail 102. The trail gets very narrow, rocky, and fairly steep in parts as you head back up to the top of the bluff. Once you've arrived at the top, enjoy some views of downtown Spokane. Then, you'll cross Greenwood Road and take the trail that goes north out of the parking area right along the road.
This area on the top of the bluff is wet most of the year. The grass gets very tall during the summer and the moose bed down for the night in this area. Watch for scat! The trail follows along several fencelines marking private property where you'll see horses and cows.
For a shorter loop, take Trail 101 that moves off to the east side of the trail, or continue on Trail 122 - Crater Loop. Trail 102 - South Trail Green Loop angles northeast and then meets up with an additional junction that goes north and west. That trail gets hard to follow, but staying northeast, the trail is clear and easy to follow. You'll come out on Rimrock Drive again. Follow the access road south until you come to Trail 101 again. You'll drop back down the bluff and follow the trail until you get to the railroad tracks. From here, looking west, you can see some of the stone walls the CCC built when this park was brand new.
Trail 101 follows the railroad tracks back to Greenwood Road, where you'll cross the road again and stay on the access road. Right here, if you take a little detour to the right, you'll see a sign back in the trees that says, "Last homesite of Spokane Garry" – an interesting piece of local history.
Take Trail 104 - Organic Dump Trail to the south (left) and drop down into the ravine where the creek flows. Now you might be in for some bushwhacking. There is a trail that follows the creek bed but it often gets washed out or crowded with logs during seasonal high water. It crosses the creek several times before ending at the foot of the Indian Canyon Waterfall. There's some fun scrambling here with rocky basalt walls.
Once you're done at the falls, retrace your steps a bit until you come to Trail 107. That will take you out of the ravine and onto Trail 121 - Waterfall Loop. Go south on Trail 121 to reconnect to the parking area.