Palisades Lakes


Day Hike - Palisades Lakes

This is a popular hike through alpine forests and flowered meadows and by several other scenic alpine lakes enroute to beautiful Upper Palisades Lake, our lunch stop.

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  • Thu, Sep 15, 2016
  • Foothills Hiking Committee
  • Day Hiking
  • Singles, Retired Rovers, Families, Adults, 20-30 Somethings
  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,600 ft

Meet at 9 AM at the Enumclaw Ranger Station on SR 410.

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: or 206-794-5198.

We will consolidate cars at the Enumclaw Ranger Station and then caravan to the trailhead at Sunrise Point in Mt. Rainier National Park.  Enroute, we will pay the $25 per car entrance fee at the White River entrance to the Park, or show a Park pass covering five people in a car.  We will then stop at the restrooms near the entrance gate, since there is no restroom at the trailhead.  The hike to Upper Palisades Lake and back has multiple ups and downs, with a total gain of 1,600 feet over the 7.5 miles RT distance.  There are restrooms at the meeting place.  No parking pass is required at either the meeting place or the trailhead.  We customarily stop at Wapiti Woolies in Greenwater for huckleberry ice cream on the drive back to the meeting place.  


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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