Palisades Lakes


Day Hike - Hidden Lake (Mount Rainier)

Experience the most beautiful lake in Mt. Rainier National Park when it is at its best, passing three other picturesque alpine lakes and flower-laden alpine meadows enroute.

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  • 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 Sunrise Point in Mt. Rainier National Park.

We consolidate cars at the Enumclaw Ranger Station and then caravan to the Sunrise Point parking lot via the White River entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park, where we pay an entrance fee of $25 per car or show a Park pass covering five people in a car.  We will stop at the restrooms near the White River entrance gate, since there is no restroom at the trailhead.  The hike goes up and down multiple times, with a total gain of 1,600 feet.  During our lunch stop at Hidden Lake, we will have time for a swim in the lake if the weather cooperates.  On the drive home we customarily stop at Wapiti Woolies in Greenwater for huckleberry ice cream.  Restrooms are available at the Enumclaw Ranger station.  No parking pass is required at either the ranger station or the trailhead, but either a Park pass or admission fee is required for each car at the Park admission gate.   


Palisades Lakes

  • Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    USGS Mt Rainier East

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
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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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