Palisades Lakes


Day Hike - Palisades Lakes

The combination of sprawling meadows, few trails, and virgin forest makes the Palisades Lakes basin a haven for wildlife. Broad wildflower meadows attract deer, elk and mountain goats. Join me on this relatively secluded corner of the Mt. Rainier National Park.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 7.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft


7:00 AM in Olympia.  Location details will be e-mailed to registered participants.

Join me as I explore this relatively quiet corner of Mt. Rainier before the snow starts flying.  Relaxed pace with time for breaks as needed, pictures and a good lunch by the lake.


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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