Forest Lake Trail

Greenwater, Washington

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A short descent over rocky alpine terrain travels through subalpine meadows to a quaint mountain lake. If you want to escape the crowd at Sunrise and experience a variety of different ecosystems, this is the hike for you. From the tundra on the north side of Sourdough Ridge to the deciduous forest that surrounds Forest Lake, you will have a taste of everything. The trail briefly ascends and then begins a long descent to Forest Lake.The first part of the trail is in the alpine zone and relatively rocky.There are low-growing wildflowers, such as red mountain heather, all around. Patches of snow might linger on the trail until August, but the trail is usually easy to follow.
Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

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Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

by Heidi Schneider & Mary Skjelset (Falcon Guides)

A short descent over rocky alpine terrain travels through subalpine meadows to a quaint mountain lake. If you want to escape the crowd at Sunrise and experience a variety of different ecosystems, this is the hike for you. From the tundra on the north side of Sourdough Ridge to the deciduous forest that surrounds Forest Lake, you will have a taste of everything.

The trail briefly ascends and then begins a long descent to Forest Lake.The first part of the trail is in the alpine zone and relatively rocky.There are low-growing wildflowers, such as red mountain heather, all around. Patches of snow might linger on the trail until August, but the trail is usually easy to follow.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Greenwater
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Late July to September
Trailhead Elevation: 6,400 feet
Top Elevation: 6,800 feet
Local Contacts: White River Wilderness Information Center
Local Maps: USGS Sunrise, White River; Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park; Astronaut's Vista: Mount Rainier National Park; Earthwalk Press Hiking Map and Guide
Driving Directions: Directions to Forest Lake Trail

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