Owyhigh Lakes


Day Hike - Owyhigh Lakes

Hike through old growth forest on an excellent trail to beautiful Owyhigh Lakes, nestled in an alpine meadow surrounded by spectacular alpine scenery.

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  • Tue, Sep 20, 2016
  • Foothills Hiking Committee
  • Day Hiking
  • Singles, Retired Rovers, Families, Adults, 20-30 Somethings
  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.6 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,557 ft

Meet at 9 AM at the Enumclaw Ranger Station.

Please note: due to a recent shoulder injury the original leader Dick Hayek has had to withdraw. He has passed the lead for this trip to Chris Ensor. Chris will send out full trip details as soon as registration closes. In the interim any questions should be directed to Chris: ctrails@comcast.net or 206-794-5198.

We will consolidate cars at the Enumclaw Ranger Station and then caravan 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.  

The trail to Owyhigh Lakes switchbacks uphill 1,350 feet on an excellent trail through an old growth forest, emerging in an alpine meadow where the lakes are located.  There we have our lunch before  returning  by the same route.  There are restrooms at the meeting place.  


Owyhigh Lakes

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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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