Eunice Lake & Tolmie Peak Lookout


Day Hike - Eunice Lake & Tolmie Peak Lookout

Tolmie Peak Lookout, our lunch spot, provides one of the most spectacular panoramic views in Mt. Rainier National Park, and picturesque Eunice Lake , at the base of the peak, is one of the most beautiful sights in the Park, complementing the close view of Mowich Lake, the old growth forest and the beautiful alpine meadows we experience on this hike.

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  • Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 7.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,900 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 9 AM at Wally's Drive-in, 282 WA-410, Buckley, located by the last traffic light at the north end of town.

Wally's Drive-in, our meeting place, opens at 8 AM, serves breakfast food and has restrooms.  We can consolidate cars there and leave the extra cars along a street near Wally's.  No parking pass is required there.  Then we will caravan south on SR 165  to the Y where we keep right onto the Mowich Lake Road.  At the Park boundary we will stop to use the restrooms there.  Any car without a National Park Pass must pay $30 for a day pass for their car and deposit the payment into a box, keeping the stub to display at the trailhead.  Any car with a National Park Pass, needs to display it at the trailhead.  Usually someone in each car has a pass.  If not, passes can be borrowed from those with two pass holders in a car, so no one should need to pay a Park entrance fee.

The trail to Tolmie Peak begins at the north end of Mowich Lake, where we park along the road.  The trail to Eunicee Lake follows a forested route, starting along the north side of Mowich Lake, continuing over a low saddle and then mostly level along a ridge to an overlook of the Carbon Glacier.  From there, the trail declines for a short distance before switchbacking up another ridge to Eunice Lake, which is nestled in alpine meadows.  After a short rest break there, we'll continue through both alpine meadows and a forest to the top of Tolmie Peak, which has a panoramic view of Eunice Lake in the foreground and Mt. Rainier in the background, weather permitting.  We'll have our lunch there and then return to Eunice Lake for a swim.  Then we hike out by the same route we hiked in.  

After returning to Wally's Drive-in, we'll have an optional stop there for refreshments.  The Wallyberry milkshake is my favorite. 


Eunice Lake & Tolmie Peak Lookout

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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