Pacific Crest Trail - Mount Rainier Section

Packwood, Washington

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A three-night backpacking trip mostly through forest; a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail follows a ridge and passes many lakes. From the small parking lot, cross to the east side of the road and walk north along Highway 123 a few paces to the Laughingwater trailhead to the right (east). The trail starts uphill and does not relent until 0.25 mile from the lakes. A marshy pool about 2 miles into the hike marks the end of the switchbacks. From this point the trail heads due east until you reach Three Lakes.The last 2.0 miles before the lakes are at a steep pitch, and the sources for water on this section of the hike are nil in late summer.
Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

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Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

by Heidi Schneider & Mary Skjelset (Falcon Guides)

A three-night backpacking trip mostly through forest; a portion of the Pacific Crest Trail follows a ridge and passes many lakes. From the small parking lot, cross to the east side of the road and walk north along Highway 123 a few paces to the Laughingwater trailhead to the right (east). The trail
starts uphill and does not relent until 0.25 mile from the lakes.

A marshy pool about 2 miles into the hike marks the end of the switchbacks. From this point the trail heads due east until you reach Three Lakes.The last 2.0 miles before the lakes are at a steep pitch, and the sources for water on this section of the hike are nil in late summer.

©  Heidi Schneider & Mary Skjelset/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Packwood
Distance: 29.3
Elevation Gain: 3,600 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 days
Season: Late July to September
Trailhead Elevation: 2,000 feet
Top Elevation: 5,600 feet
Local Contacts: Ohanapecosh Visitor Center
Local Maps: USGS Ohanapecosh Chinook Pass; Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park; Astronaut's Vista: Mount Rainier National Park; Earthwalk Press Hiking Map and Guide
Driving Directions: Directions to Pacific Crest Trail - Mount Rainier Section

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