Island and Rainbow Lakes

North Bend, Washington

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If you want to shed the crowds while still exploring the wonderful routes of the western Snoqualmie Pass region, this might be the destination to consider. Sure, you’ll have to share the first section of the route with the hordes, but most of the casual hikers will drop out at Talapus or Olallie Lake. By pushing on, you get higher and quieter country to explore as well as a much more scenic lake basin to enjoy.
Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region

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Day Hiking: Snoqualmie Region

by Dan A. Nelson (The Mountaineers Books)

If you want to shed the crowds while still exploring the wonderful routes of the western Snoqualmie Pass region, this might be the destination to consider.

Sure, you’ll have to share the first section of the route with the hordes, but most of the casual hikers will drop out at Talapus or Olallie Lake. By pushing on, you get higher and quieter country to explore as well as a much more scenic lake basin to enjoy.

© 2014 Dan A. Nelson/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Birding, Fishing, Hiking
Nearby City: North Bend
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Access: Moderate to Difficult
Best Times: June–Oct
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District, North Bend office
Local Maps: Green Trails Bandera No. 206
Driving Directions: Directions to Island and Rainbow Lakes

Recent Trail Reviews

8/28/2009
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We went to these lakes but via a different route. Exit 45, turn left under I90, left again on the service road. Instead of turning right toward Talapus, we remained on the service road for over 2 miles (where it ends). This road seems to wash out annually but it is clear now. We hiked to Mason Lake, then Rainbow and Island. Lots of huckleberries and blueberries, beautiful hike. Spectacular view of Mt. Rainier on ridge before descending to Mason Lake. Better than Snow Lake and few other hikers.



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