Palisades Lakes


Day Hike - Palisades Lakes (Mount Rainier)

One of my favorite hikes in the state - We start the trail from near the Rainier Sunrise visitor center. From the start of the hike, we encounter alpine lake after alpine lake as we cross small streams, and gorgeous wildflowers within the isolated valley. We'll plan to detour to secluded Hidden Lake for a late lunch.

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  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 7.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,700 ft
  • Pace: 2mph

Let's leave Seattle at 7AM. (Meet at 6:45 - location TBD based on the participants)

I'll plan to drive - I have a National Parks pass.

I anticipate starting to hike around 10:00AM, leaving Sunrise around 6PM, and returning to Seattle around 8:30PM. 


Keep in mind that this hike is at approx. 6K feet - So even though the length and elevation imply "moderate" it may be strenuous for some due to the elevation.

We'll move at a moderate pace of approx. 2mph. That being said, there are tons of gorgeous spots to look at lakes, wildflowers, and to stop and take photos. Thus, the mode of this hike will be "stop and smell the roses". we'll move as quickly as the slowest person in the group.

We'll plan to detour to Hidden Lake for a late lunch.

Turnaround time of 3:30PM - no matter where we are in the hike. I may change this timing based on the group's pace.

I suggest that at least one other person in the group brings a water filter. Also, plenty of bug spray. I anticipate lots of mosquitos.


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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