Palisades Lakes


Day Hike - Palisades Lakes

A good hike, mostly in woods, with some good views of a rock wall, multiple lakes.

  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,700 ft
  • Pace: slow to moderate pace (as fast as I can go)

We will meet at the Puyallup South Hill Park N Ride, Hwy 512 and 94th Ave. S (near west end of South Hill mall), at 7:30 AM. We will then car pool to Mt. Rainier NP. Entrance Fee required at Park entrance.

This is an in-and-out trail to Palisades Lake, starting high then dropping down into woods, past some lakes.  Some parts of the trail may still have hard snow, so bring trekking poles and/or traction (micro-spikes) devices. There will be possible side trips to Hidden Lake and/or Brown Peak (supposed to have great views of Mt. Rainier!), depending upon group desires and/or ability. We will see but no promises! Also bring your eye for possible pictures! (stops for taking photo's will be allowed!)


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

11. Trekking poles (?)

12. traction devices (micro-spikes)?

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