Lake James Trail

Wilkeson, Washington

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A long, steep climb takes you through a beautiful forest and to impressive rock formations of Yellowstone Cliffs. The trail continues over a subalpine meadow pass to the boulder-strewn meadows of Windy Gap, an opportune location for viewing the northeastern portion of Mount Rainier National Park. The hike ends at Lake James, a tranquil mountain lake that is a popular fishing destination. From Ipsut Creek Campground follow the small connector trail south to the Wonderland Trail.The Ipsut Falls spur trail intersects to the right (west) shortly after leaving Ipsut Creek Campground. If you desire, take this spur trail to gently cascading Ipsut Falls. From the spur trail continue traveling south to the Wonderland Trail. The trail ascends very gently for the first couple of miles and crosses the silty waters of the Carbon River. Once on the east bank of the river, you will come to the Northern Loop Trail.
Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

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Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

by Heidi Schneider & Mary Skjelset (Falcon Guides)

A long, steep climb takes you through a beautiful forest and to impressive rock formations of Yellowstone Cliffs. The trail continues over a subalpine meadow pass to the boulder-strewn meadows of Windy Gap, an opportune location for viewing the northeastern portion of Mount Rainier National Park. The hike ends at Lake James, a tranquil mountain lake that is a popular fishing destination.

From Ipsut Creek Campground follow the small connector trail south to the Wonderland Trail.The Ipsut Falls spur trail intersects to the right (west) shortly after leaving Ipsut Creek Campground. If you desire, take this spur trail to gently cascading Ipsut Falls. From the spur trail continue traveling south to the Wonderland Trail. The trail ascends very gently for the first couple of miles and crosses the silty waters of the Carbon River. Once on the east bank of the river, you will come to the Northern Loop Trail.

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

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Wilkeson
Distance: 16.8
Elevation Gain: 3,500 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 2-day backpack
Season: Mid-July to September
Trailhead Elevation: 2,400 feet
Top Elevation: 5,900 feet
Local Contacts: Wilkeson Wilderness Information Center
Local Maps: USGS: Mowich Lake and Sunrise; Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park; Astronaut's Vista: Mount Rainier National Park, Washington; earthwalk Press Hiking Map & Guide
Driving Directions: Directions to Lake James Trail

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