Owyhigh Lakes Trail

Greenwater, Washington

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The local wildlife love the Owyhigh Lakes. This pair of shallow forest lakes provides good water, lots of forage in the shoreline meadows, and wonderful cover in the forests that press in around the lakes. Hikers find limited views from the trail—though there are nice views up to Cowlitz Chimneys and Tamanos Mountain. But the forest environment this trail explores is unmatched for those who appreciate a rich woodland ecosystem. Kids and adults appreciate the wildlife-viewing potential. Birds and beasts (large and small) thrive in this forest, and birds fill the lakes basin. Repeated visits to the lakes have let me spot grouse, pileated woodpeckers, mountain blue jays, cedar waxwings, ospreys, bald eagles, golden eagles, tanagers, and a host of birds I couldn’t identify. There’s also a fair amount of huckleberries along the route if you time your trip just right.
Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park

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Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park

by Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer (The Mountaineers Books)

The local wildlife love the Owyhigh Lakes. This pair of shallow forest lakes provides good water, lots of forage in the shoreline meadows, and wonderful cover in the forests that press in around the lakes. Hikers find limited views from the trail—though there are nice views up to Cowlitz Chimneys and Tamanos Mountain. But the forest environment this trail explores is unmatched for those who appreciate a rich woodland ecosystem. Kids and adults appreciate the wildlife-viewing potential.

Birds and beasts (large and small) thrive in this forest, and birds fill the lakes basin. Repeated visits to the lakes have let me spot grouse, pileated woodpeckers, mountain blue jays, cedar waxwings, ospreys, bald eagles, golden eagles, tanagers, and a host of birds I couldn’t identify. There’s also a fair amount of huckleberries along the route if you time your trip just right.

©  Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Greenwater
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 1,650 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: July–Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 3,750 feet
Top Elevation: 5,400 feet
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Sunrise Ranger Station
Local Maps: Green Trails Mount Rainier East, No. 270
Driving Directions: Directions to Owyhigh Lakes Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/20/2009
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What a great trail! The trail starts out going up and keeps doing that most of the time, but is fairly forgiving in that, just about the time you think you have to stop and rest, it levels out for a little bit. They say there aren't any views, but the peek-a-boo views thru the trees on the downhill side are pretty spectacular. Then, you get to the log bridge and all that climbing is over. Ramble along for 1/2 mile to the meadow. WoW! Even though we missed the wildflower show, it was sunny and there was barely a breeze. Black bears gamboled in the high meadows but, darn!, we didn't see any goats. Great hike.


6/15/2008
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the lakes were still frozen, and a lot of snow on the trails of yet, but a very enjoyable hike absolutly some the most gorgeous scenery around made it to the top of the mountain and down the other side started at 800am and found my way out at 730pm a very nice exoeriance only saw one couple all the time i was up there. very pleasent



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