Eunice Lake and Tolmie Peak Lookout Trail

Buckley, Washington

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One of the loveliest alpine lakes in Mount Rainier National Park is reached by a short hike from Mowich Lake. Above Eunice, a steep, short trail climbs to the Tolmie Peak lookout. Children are perfectly enchanted by Eunice Lake as well. One hot day I heard a mother ask who wanted to climb to the summit; four children playing on the shore replied in unison, “Not me!”
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

One of the loveliest alpine lakes in Mount Rainier National Park is reached by a short hike from Mowich Lake. Above Eunice, a steep, short trail climbs to the Tolmie Peak lookout.

Children are perfectly enchanted by Eunice Lake as well. One hot day I heard a mother ask who wanted to climb to the summit; four children playing on the shore replied in unison, “Not me!”

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Buckley
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Mid-July-October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,929 feet
Top Elevation: 5,629 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Rainier National Park
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 269 Mount Rainier West; USGS Mowich Lake
Driving Directions: Directions to Eunice Lake and Tolmie Peak Lookout Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/18/2010
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Wonderful hike, especially the actual ascent up to the top. Mowitch Lake and Eunice Lake are clear and deep blue. There was still snow on the trail up at Eunice Lake but it was passable. The best part of this hike is the unmaintained trail at the lookout station that goes to the true peak of Tolmie Peak. According to my daughter, "you can't say you climbed Tolmie peak unless you go to the top". So off we went. I could only go halfway before my nerves got the best of me. I waited while my daughter continue on with the fearlessness of a mountain goat. I noticed while sitting on the ridge that the accoustics are so good that I could hear the people below at the lake as they talked. You can also see Mowitch Lake from the top. As you hike the trail be sure to take a short 200 ft detour at Insput Pass just for the view, its great.


8/24/2008
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Hiked this today with my family (wife + boys aged 7 and 5 and my one-year-old boy on my back). Had a tremendous time. This is a beautiful trail. Note that there is no need to go to the ranger station you can pay the entrance fee at a drop box on the way up. The trail is beautiful and a little challenging for small children - so they had a blast. Saw a frog and a salamander. We had fun even though we got a little rain. Be advised. Tip: Bring DEET in the summer for the area near the lake or you'll be miserable.



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