Bear Creek/Palisades Cross Country Skiing

The 15th most popular XC Ski in Idaho.

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Located in the Palisades Ranger District, the Bear Creek trail provides access to a network of well-maintained cross country ski trails. A variety of cross country ski loops are possible through various trail connections. One can easily connect to the extensive trail network in the adjacent Fall Creek drainage. Elevation gains are approx 2500 feet to the ridgetops. Excellent ridge skiing is found on Red Ridge and Deadhorse Ridge.

Overall, Bear Creek/Palisades is the 15th most popular cross country ski area of all 43 Nordic ski destinations in Idaho. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby Bear Creek/Palisades including Harriman State Park, Bear Gulch / Mesa Falls, Fall Creek / Swan Valley and Trail Canyon Trail.


Local Contact(s):  TNF (208) 624-3151; Idaho Tourism (800) 635-7820; Rendezvous Ski Tours (208) 787-2906.

Recommended Book:  "Basic Cross-Country Skiing" from J Scott McGee

Best Season:  Dec. - Mar.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Commissary Ridge or Baldy Knoll Huts (208) 787-2906

Luxury Loding:  Teton Ridge Ranch (208) 456-2650

Breakfast Restaurant:  Chalet Restaurant, Last Chance

Reference Source:  click here

Date Published:  12/25/2015

Date Updated:  11/19/2016

ID:  7240