Day Hike - Green Lake (Mount Rainier)


Day Hike - Green Lake (Mount Rainier)

Initially open to Tacoma Branch Conditioning Hiking Students, NOW open to all members and guests. Be amazed as we walk the lush verdant green forest and understory of the Carbon River Rd. We will then head up to Ranger Falls and Green Lake for views and lunch.

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,300 ft
  • Pace: 2.5 mph

We will meet at 8:30 am at Wilkeson public parking to do a short meet/greet, use the public restroom and regroup to carpools if you would like to. Cell coverage is also available here. 

DIRECTIONS TO WILKESON: From Buckley, head South on Hwy 165 through Burnett. When you enter Wilkeson, the parking lot and bathroom is on your right.

CARPOOL INFORMATION: Riders are requested to reimburse driver(s) at $0.18 mile. 27 miles RT to Carbon entrance so roughly $5 per vehicle.

We will then caravan to the Carbon River Entrance where our hike will begin. Please note: hike begins at the end of Carbon River Road approximately 6 miles past the ranger station.

PASS REQUIRED:  Drivers must have a Mt. Rainier Day/Annual Pass or America the Beautiful or Senior Interagency Pass to park at the entrance of Carbon River Road.

We have several conditioning hiking students signed up.

***Please note the 2.5 mph pace with gradual elevation gain. It is required you are able to walk 8-9 miles carrying your supplies, water and 2L water with minimal breaks comfortably.

****Leader rated hike as moderate due to forecasted heat for the day.


Green Lake (Mount Rainier)

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) 2L filter and purification recommended
  10. Emergency shelter
  11. PLUS Layered clothing that is wicking fabric, boots, trekking poles.
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