Owyhigh Lakes


Backpack - Owyhigh Lakes

Enjoy an overnight trip to the northeast side of Mount Rainier in the ancestral land of the Puyallup and Yakama peoples. This is a mentored trip for Emily Smith.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,650 ft

Meet at the White River Wilderness Information Center at 8 AM. Please keep in mind that MRNP is highly congested on summer weekends, so plan to arrive early to avoid the long lines at the entrance booth.

Due to the first-come, first-served nature of wilderness camping permits at MRNP, trip participants must be flexible and willing to hike to an alternate backcountry camp with a similar distance and elevation gain. Regardless of our final destination, our starting location will remain at the White River Wilderness Information Center.

Goals for the trip:

1. Be safe.
2. Have Fun.
3. Make it to the backcountry campsite.
4. Stay together as a group.

Participant expectations:

1. Be respectful to all trip members.
2. Be willing to speak up and participate in group decision-making.
3. Leave no trace.


Owyhigh Lakes

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Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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