Forest Lake Trail

Greenwater, Washington

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The good news is you’ll have unmatched views nearly every step along this trail. The bad news is that the trail skirts high above the road for its entire length, so on busy days, you’ll hear traffic noises. But if you simply tell yourself the sound of wheels on pavement is really just the humming of the wind in the trees, you’ll soon forget the road is there and focus instead on the magnificence of your surroundings. Grand vistas to the north, east, south, and west await you here, so even if you can hear the tourist traffic on its way to and from Sunrise, you’ll still have a great adventure—and you’ll find your camera full of some of the best pictures of Mount Rainier you’ll ever get.
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 good news is you’ll have unmatched views nearly every step along this trail. The bad news is that the trail skirts high above the road for its entire length, so on busy days, you’ll hear traffic noises. But if you simply tell yourself the sound of wheels on pavement is really just the humming of the wind in the trees, you’ll soon forget the road is there and focus instead on the magnificence of your surroundings.

Grand vistas to the north, east, south, and west await you here, so even if you can hear the tourist traffic on its way to and from Sunrise, you’ll still have a great adventure—and you’ll find your camera full of some of the best pictures of Mount Rainier you’ll ever get.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Greenwater
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 1,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: July–Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 6,500 feet
Top Elevation: 6,800 feet
Local Contacts: Sunrise Ranger Station
Local Maps: Green Trails Mount Rainier East, No. 270
Driving Directions: Directions to Forest Lake Trail

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