Palisades Lakes


Day Hike - Hidden Lake (Mount Rainier)

Explore the most beautiful alpine scenery in Mount Rainier National Park, passing picturesque Sunrise and Clover Lakes enroute to magnificent Hidden Lake, a true hidden gem, where we have our lunch and a swim, weather permitting, returning via the same route.

  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,600 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,100 ft

Meet at 8 AM at the Enumclaw Ranger Station on Roosevelt Ave (SR 410)

We can consolidate cars at the Enumclaw Ranger Station.  We'll caravan from there to the White River entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park, where each car needs to show a National Park Pass at the entry booth.  We'll stop to use the restrooms there before continuing to the trailhead at Sunrise Point, where there are no restrooms.  Our hiking route begins heading down, then undulates and ends at Hidden Lake,  200 feet below where we started.  So there will be more elevation gain on the return hike than on the hike in.  The hike is mostly through flower-laden alpine meadows and partly through forested areas.  There are no restrooms on the hiking route, so we will take bathroom breaks at suitable spots.  No parking pass needs to be displayed at the Enumclaw Ranger Station or Sunrise Point, but they must be shown at the Park entrance booth.  After the hike, we'll have an optional ice cream stop at Wapiti Woolies in Greenwater.


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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