Owyhigh Lakes Trail

Greenwater, Washington

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This hike is a steep then gradual ascent to mountain lakes surrounded by a meadow of wildflowers and the majestic, jutting Governors Ridge. The trail to Owyhigh Lakes sees fewer hikers than many other hikes in the park, perhaps because it offers an uneventful first 3. 0 miles of uphill and no view of Mount Rainier. However, those who forego the Owyhigh Lakes Trail are missing out. An extensive field of assorted wildflowers separates the well-maintained trail from the picturesque lakes, and the jutting bluffs of Governors Ridge frame the lakes beautifully.
Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

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Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

by Heidi Schneider & Mary Skjelset (Falcon Guides)

This hike is a steep then gradual ascent to mountain lakes surrounded by a meadow of wildflowers and the majestic, jutting Governors Ridge. The trail to Owyhigh Lakes sees fewer hikers than many other hikes in the park, perhaps because it offers an uneventful first 3. 0 miles of uphill and no view of Mount Rainier.

However, those who forego the Owyhigh Lakes Trail are missing out. An extensive field of assorted wildflowers separates the well-maintained trail from the picturesque lakes, and the jutting bluffs of Governors Ridge frame the lakes beautifully.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Greenwater
Distance: 8.8
Elevation Gain: 1,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 4 to 5 hours
Season: Mid-July to September
Trailhead Elevation: 3,900 feet
Top Elevation: 5,200 feet
Local Contacts: White River Wilderness Information Center
Local Maps: USGS Mount Rainier East; Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park; Astronaut's Vista: Mount Rainier National Park; Earthwalk Press Hiking Map and Guide
Driving Directions: Directions to Owyhigh Lakes Trail

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