Eunice Lake & Tolmie Peak Lookout


Day Hike - Eunice Lake & Tolmie Peak Lookout

Tolmie Peak Lookout, our lunch spot, provides one of the most spectacular 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.

  • Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 7.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,100 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,900 ft
  • Pace: 2.5

Meet at 9 AM at Wally's Drive-in at the north end of Buckley on SR 410, reached by turning east from SR 167 onto SR 410 and continuing through Sumner and Bonney Lake to Buckley.

Wally's Drive-in serves breakfast and has restrooms.  Arrive early if you want to eat there before we depart for the trailhead.  In the past the restaurant has allowed us to leave one or two cars there while we hiked.  So we will consolidate cars and then drive to the trailhead via SR 165 and the Mowich Lake Road.  We'll then stop briefly at the parking lot by the Park entrance to use the restrooms there and allow any car without a National Park Pass to purchase a day pass to post on their car at the trailhead.  Then we'll continue to the trailhead parking area by Mowich Lake, where each car needs to display a National Park Pass.  The hiking route starts out mostly level, then switchbacks up a ridge, all through a forest canopy.  At the ridge top we enter an alpine meadow in which Eunice Lake is nestled.  From there the trail rises in an arc to the top of  Tolmie Peak, where we have our lunch.  If the weather is good on the hike out, we will stop for a swim at Eunice Lake.  On the drive home there will be an optional refreshment stop at Wally's Drive-In, which gets good reviews for its food, atmosphere and service.  


Eunice Lake & Tolmie Peak Lookout

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    46.937362, -121.867539
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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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