|Me sporting the Teton Sports Summit 1500 at Lower Palisades Lake
My wife and I decided we would go over to Palisades Reservoir and go camping, fishing, and hiking for three days. We have been over in that area quite a few times but we have never spent enough time to really explore the area and enjoy what it has to offer. We had heard that there were two beautiful lakes up above Palisades Creek which had native Cutthroat Trout in them. We decided that on our first day of our three day get away, we would drive to Palisade's, set up camp, relax and do a little fishing in the reservoir. To make a long story short, nothing went our way that day and we were both wondering how things could possibly get worse. We ended up having problems with our camper, problems with my jeep, a brand new anchor we purchased hours earlier got stuck in the bottom of the reservoir so we lost it, and about twenty other things all decided to go wrong. So by the end of day one we were so frustrated and annoyed we called it a night and decided we would wake up when we felt like it and just play it by ear for the rest of our trip.
|Gear oil from my Jeep :(
The next day we slept in, ate breakfast, and then decided we would still go on our hike to the Palisades Lakes we had heard about. We didn't start our hike until 12:30 p.m. so we really didn't have any set plan of how far we would go or anything.
|My wife and I on the Trail
The first thing I liked about the hike was the fact that the trail was right next to Palisades Creek. There were multiple places where a person could stop and fish in the creek for a bit or even just put their feet in the water to cool down. With us starting our hike as late as we did, the creek provided a nice cool breeze, which kept us moving up the trail. Also, another major plus about this trail being right next to the creek was that I would guess about 75% of the time, the trail was covered with shade which also made it nice for our late start. The area was beautiful and full of a variety of views including mountain sides, valleys, cliffs, and the beautiful stream running down the bottom of the canyon. Many people see mountain goats and other wild life on this hike including bear and cougar. The only wild life my wife and I saw was a mule deer doe, which was just walking on the mountain side.
|Ribz Front Pack
|Teton Sports Summit 1500
Due to our late start we decided we would head up to the lower lake and then make the call if we were going to continue to the upper lake or if we would just spend the rest of the time fishing. Before I go on, I have to give a shout out to Teton Sports for my awesome Summit 1500 backpack which I have used almost every weekend since I've gotten it. I also used my Ribz Front Pack to pack some of my fishing gear my wife and I would need on our hike. I love these two items and wouldn't go on a hike/fishing trip without either of them! Be sure to click the links and read my reviews on these two items!
Now back to our hike... The hike was honestly a fairly easy hike. It never had any crazy incline or scary switch back that I would consider difficult. The only switch back to the lower lake was quick and simple. We even passed a group of older ladies on the hike who were around 65 years old. There were all smiles and enjoying their adventure. When I say that this hike was easy in my eyes, remember that I am used to hiking in the back country chasing elk and deer. The last thing I want someone to do is to read this and go on the hike expecting it to be a walk in the park. There were some areas with loose rocks which could be a little dangerous. The trail does side hill along some pretty steep mountains which puts you on some fairly dangerous drop offs. These areas were ones that I felt gave the trail its variety and kept us entertained on our hike. I liked how the trail was never the same scenery for too long; it kept us entertained the entire time on the hike.
|Camp site at Lower Palisades Lake
|Lower Palisades Lake
|Releasing a beautiful Cutthroat Trout
|My wife with her first catch
|Another Cutthroat Tout
|Native Cutthroat Trout
|Small water fall on the way down the trail