Palisades Lakes Trail

Mount Rainier National Park
Located 24.8 miles from Buckley, Washington (WA)
4 Stars
8,464 Steps 1  (3.8 mi)


The Palisades Lakes Trail has a maximum elevation of 6,168 ft (1,880 m), a minimum elevation of 5,551 ft (1,692 m), and an elevation range of 617 ft (188 m).


[ A to B ] or [ B to A ]
Steps 1Length 2Min Ele 3Max Ele 4
8,4643.8 mi5,551 ft6,168 ft
[ A to B ]
Time 5Floors 6Gain 7Loss 8
2.0 hrs33.3400 ft659 ft
[ B to A ]
1.9 hrs54.9659 ft400 ft

What is the length of the Palisades Lakes Trail?

The length of the trail is 3.8 mi (6.0 km) or 8,464 steps.

How long does it take to hike the Palisades Lakes Trail?

A person in good physical health can hike the trail in 2.0 hrs in the [ A to B ] direction, and in 1.9 hrs in the [ B to A ] direction.


The following chart shows the total calories that you may expend on the trail while hiking in the [ A to B ] and [ B to A ] direction at a typical speed and is based on gross weight (which includes anything carried), the topography, trail length and trail conditions.

Topo Maps

Download the free Palisades Lakes Trail topo map and the adjoining quads to plan your hike. These are full-sheet, 7.5 Minute (1:24,000 scale) Mount Rainier National Park topographic maps. Do you want full-sheet outdoor recreation JPEG Topo Maps?

Adjoining 7.5' Quadrangle Legend

  1. Northwest Topo Map: Clear West Peak, WA
  2. North Topo Map: Sun Top, WA
  3. Northeast Topo Map: Noble Knob, WA
  4. West Topo Map: Sunrise, WA
  5. Topo Map: White River Park, WA
  6. East Topo Map: Norse Peak, WA
  7. Southwest Topo Map: Mount Rainier East, WA
  8. South Topo Map: Chinook Pass, WA
  9. Southeast Topo Map: Cougar Lake, WA

Is there a Palisades Lakes trail map?

Yes, and it's free! The Palisades Lakes Trail is located on the White River Park topo map. Use the adjoining quadrangle legend to download the map.



  1. Steps is a unit of distance equal to the sum of stride lengths that vary with the terrain.
  2. Length is the distance of the trail between the two trailheads, measured on the trail.
  3. Min Ele is the minimum elevation on the trail.
  4. Max Ele is the maximum elevation on the trail.
  5. Time is the typical total time required to hike the trail.
  6. Floors is the gain divided by twelve, the height of one floor.
  7. Gain (cumulative elevation gain) is the sum of every gain in elevation.
  8. Loss (cumulative elevation loss) is the sum of every loss in elevation.