Day Hike - Hidden Lake (Mount Rainier)


Day Hike - Hidden Lake (Mount Rainier)

Social paced hike to a stunning alpine lake.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 6.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,600 ft

Hike leader will be camped Sunday night at White River in Mt Rainier.  Therefore, we will meet at Sunrise Point parking lot (NOT the main Sunrise parking lot near the visitor center) which is where the trail starts.  The trail is not labeled as Hidden Lake; it is labeled as Palisades lakes Meet time 0900.

Preliminary meeting places if participants want to carpool can be decided later on. 


The elevation gain is more than than listed here due to ups and downs, and some of it is on the way out.  The side trail to Hidden lake is somewhat steep and is not maintained by the park which means it can be a little rocky etc. 

Likely to have hot weather so pack plenty of water.  Leader will bring filter to replenish if needed.



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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