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Palisades Trail

Royal Gorge Cross-Country Ski Resort

Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, California

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Palisades Trail

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  • The Palisades Trail begins at the Summit Lodge.- Palisades Trail
  • The trail weaves in the dense forest.- Palisades Trail
  • Snowbanks along the trail.- Palisades Trail
  • The Palisades Trail.- Palisades Trail
  • Sweeping views over a downhill slope.- Palisades Trail
  • The Palisades Trail.- Palisades Trail
  • The Palisades Trail.- Palisades Trail
  • The Palisades Trail.- Palisades Trail
  • A map marks the junction with the Stagecoach and Snow Mountain trails.- Palisades Trail
  • Approaching the Wilderness Hut on the Palisades Trail.- Palisades Trail
  • The Wilderness Hut at the western end of the Yuba Trail.- Palisades Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Scenic trail. Intersects with many other trails.
Cons: 
Some slick slopes.
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Region:
Lake Tahoe + Northern Sierra, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Groomed trail: 
Yes
Net Elevation Gain: 
-315.00 ft (-96.01 m)
Parking Pass: 
General Day Use Fee
Preferable Season(s):
Winter
Total Distance: 
2.90 mi (4.67 km)
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Trailhead Elevation: 
7,000.00 ft (2,133.60 m)
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Adventure Description

Adventure Description

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The Palisades Trail is a beginner-rated ski trail running from Royal Gorge Cross Country Ski Resort's Summit Station to the Wilderness Hut. 

The trail runs a one-way distance of 2.9 miles, intersecting with quite a few of the trails in the resort's central corridor along the way. The Wilderness Hut lies at a point where the westernmost resort trails, such as the Kidd Lake / Wiesel Trails and the central trails meet.

The trail maintains a general downward trend as it heads away from the lodge, and it passes through dense forest canopy on a wide groomed forest road before skirting an open meadow as it approaches Kilborn Lake and the hut. 

As an alternative to going to the hut, it is also possible to join the Stagecoach Trail as a shortcut to the Kidd Lake and Cascade Lakes area of the resort, where more scenic vistas open up at.

A complete map of resort trails can be seen here.

Backcountry Safety

Winter backcountry adventures can be dangerous outdoor activities that pose significant risks as conditions affecting safety (i.e. weather, snowpack stability, avalanche hazard) are constantly changing. Prior to engaging in these activities each individual should get the proper training to make safe decisions and be equipped to use avalanche safety resources and tools. Please visit our Backcountry Skiing and Avalanche Safety post to learn more.

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