Palisades Lakes


Day Hike - Palisades Lakes

Palisades Lakes and Brown Peak, a “Top 100” summit.

  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 8.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,975 ft

Issaquah Transit Center at 6:30am.  If there are participants coming from the South arrangements will be made to rendezvous in Enumclaw.

This route promises lakes, flowers, and possible wildlife sightings. Fans of the Sunrise area of Rainier NP have probably stopped to admire the views from Sunrise Viewpoint including the beautiful green meadows visible below. This trip passes through one of those meadows on its way to some of lakes and peaks beyond. The WTA says there are seven lakes along the way - we’ll count as we go and see if we find them all. We’ll also add a side trip to Hidden Lake and summit Brown Peak, the 10th highest of the peaks in Rainier NP that are reachable by non-technical hiking.

Though listed on the Mountaineers website as a scramble, Brown Peak it is an easy walk-up via an established climbers trail.  At 6322 ft it is on the list of 100 highest peaks in Rainier NP and is one of only fifteen non-technical peaks on the list that can be summited as day hikes.  Brown Peak counts for both the 15 Hiking Peaks in Mount Rainier NP  and 100 Peaks in Mount Rainier NP badges.


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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