Forest Lake

Mount Rainier, 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. While you are walking along this trail, you can see the Cascades to the north, and Mount Rainier looks magnificent from here.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount Rainier National Park

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount Rainier National Park

by Heidi Schneider (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. While you are walking along this trail, you can see the Cascades to the north, and Mount Rainier looks magnificent from here.

© 2012 Heidi Schneider/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mount Rainier
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: About 3 to 4 hours
Season: Mid-July through Sept
Features: Views
Local Contacts: White River Wilderness Information Center, (360) 569-6670; Sunrise Visitor Center, (360) 663-2425
Local Maps: USGS Sunrise; Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Forest Lake

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