Palisades Lakes


Day Hike - Palisades Lakes

Only open to registration for enrolled students of the 2019 Intro to the Natural World course from July 5 to July 10. After that, all others may register. Come look for subalpine flowers, subalpine lakes and this beautiful country at Mt. Rainier.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,700 ft

Meet at 11 AM at Sunrise Point in Mt. Rainier National Park for a mid-day hike into this spectacular part of the Park. We will work on making carpooling available for those who only want to come for the day.

This is a naturalist hike and we will concentrate on identifying flowers, trees, ferns, and looking for birds. We will pass several subalpine lakes, cross open meadows, and move through forests. Great views of the end of the lava flows that formed Sourdough Ridge.


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

Bring the Mt. Rainier Wildflower Search App on your smartphone or Tablet. We should find lots of good subalpine flowers to identify.

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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