Owyhigh Lakes


Day Hike - Owyhigh Lakes

Hike through old growth forest on an excellent trail to beautiful Owyhigh Lakes, nestled in an alpine meadow and then continue up a steeper boot trail to the false summit of Tamanos Mtn.

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  • Moderate
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 8.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,600 ft

8:45 AM at USDA Forest Service Office in Enumclaw.

We will also offer an earlier meeting place closer to Seattle/Bellevue: 8:00 am at the Issaquah Trail Center.

Directions for both location and full trip details will be sent to participants as soon as registration closes.


The Norse Peak Forest Fire may affect our route! If this fire continues to close sections of the Mt. Rainier National Park, Ralph Owen and I will get together to choose an alternative hike. This may require a change of meeting place and meeting time. I'll let everyone know in my leader's email to all participants as soon as registration closes at 5pm on Sept. 10. If you sign up please look out for this email.


If you are hoping for a ride you will have a better chance if you set your profile to "Open" and provide carpool information such as the area you live in and  locations you can reach by transit to meet a driver.

BY REGISTERING THIS LEADER CONSIDERS YOU MADE A COMMITMENT TO THE TRIP. It's only good form to cancel in the event of an injury, illness or an emergency. Even if there are people on the wait list it's often difficult to move them up close to the trip date. THANK YOU!

TRIP DETAILS: This hike starts from Mount Rainier NP's Sunrise Highway and follows the Owyhigh Lakes Trail to Owyhigh Pass before climbing steeply on a well-established boot path through meadows and up the south ridge of Tamanos Peak to its false summit.  This hike is 10 miles with 3000' gain.  The approximate altitude at the top is 6670'. Former Mountaineers hike leader Ralph Owen will join us as a guest to show the way. Veteran former Mountaineers Hike Leader Ralph Owen will show the way.

The hike will be taken at a moderate pace (av. 2 mph moving speed). It's important that we can all keep together in one group. So if you think this pace may be too slow or two fast for you it may not be a good choice. In view of the 10 miles round trip distance and 3,000 ft. gain a high level of fitness and stamina is required. We will have breaks along the trail for water and snacks, clothing adjustments etc. 

We will consolidate cars at the USDA Forest Service Office in Enumclaw and then carpool to the trailhead in Mt. Rainier National Park.  En route, we will stop at the White River entrance gate to pay the $25 per car entrance fee, or show a Park pass admitting up to five people in each car.  We will also stop at the restrooms near the entrance gate, since there is no restroom at the trailhead.  

Full trip details including carpool information provided by participants who have set their profiles to "Open" will be emailed as soon as registration closes at 5 pm on Sept. 17. PLEASE LOOK OUT FOR THIS EMAIL!

Please direct any questions to the trip leader:

Chris Ensor, ctrails@comcast.net 206-794-5198


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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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