Palisades Lakes


Day Hike - Hidden Lake (Mount Rainier)

Pass three other beautiful alpine lakes enroute to picturesque Hidden Lake on an up and down trail totaling 1,600 feet gain over 6.4 miles RT, seeing lots of alpine meadow flowers along the way.

COVID-19: Learn about our most up-to-date guidance for participants and leaders on our COVID-19 Response page. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity.
  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,600 ft

Meet at 9 AM at the Enumclaw Ranger Station on SR 410, or at 10 AM at the trailhead at Sunset Point in Mount Rainier National Park. 

We will caravan from the Enumclaw Ranger Station to the trailhead at Sunset Point, on the road to Sunrise in Mt. Rainier National Park.  This hike is an opportunity to view the alpine lakes and meadows of MRNP at their best.  Hidden Lake is one of the most beautiful lakes in the Park.  Our lunch spot provides a good swimming opportunity during good weather.  Each car must have a Park pass or pay a Park entrance fee.  Restrooms are available at the meeting place and the Park entrance, where we will stop, but not at the trailhead.


Palisades Lakes

  • Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    USGS Mt Rainier East

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
  • See full route/place details.
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
Trip Reports