Palisades Lakes


Day Hike - Hidden Lake (Mount Rainier)

Explore the most beautiful alpine scenery in Mt. 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.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,600 ft
  • Pace: 2.0 mph

Meet at 8 AM at the Enumclaw Ranger Station, 450 Roosevelt Ave E SR 410), Enumclaw.

We can concolidate 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 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 hike out than on the hike in. We will be hiking 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 at the trailhead parking lot, but they most be shown at the Park entrance booth.  On the drive home, we'll have an optional ice cream break at Wapiti Outdoors 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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