Laughingwater Creek to Three Lakes Trail

Packwood, Washington

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Water tumbling over rocks creates a cheerful sound. Almost like a chuckle. Or a laugh. As though the water is laughing. Ah-haaaa! Tumbling water draining from a trio of lakes. It seems the namer of the features of this route started with a good creative streak and then got lazy. Laughingwater Creek is a beautiful stream tumbling through a moss-laden forest, and Three Lakes is a wonderful trio of tarns in a high alpine basin; they deserve a livelier name. This trail is a marvelous route to explore early—it’s usually snow free by late June or early July. Visit while the waters are still running strong to hear the biggest chuckles.
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)

Water tumbling over rocks creates a cheerful sound. Almost like a chuckle. Or a laugh. As though the water is laughing. Ah-haaaa! Tumbling water draining from a trio of lakes. It seems the namer of the features of this route started with a good creative streak and then got lazy.

Laughingwater Creek is a beautiful stream tumbling through a moss-laden forest, and Three Lakes is a wonderful trio of tarns in a high alpine basin; they deserve a livelier name. This trail is a marvelous route to explore early—it’s usually snow free by late June or early July. Visit while the waters are still running strong to hear the biggest chuckles.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Packwood
Distance: 12
Elevation Gain: 2,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: July–Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 2,100 feet
Top Elevation: 4,880 feet
Local Contacts: Longmire Wilderness and Information Center
Local Maps: Green Trails Mount Rainier East and Bumping Lake, Nos. 270 and 271
Driving Directions: Directions to Laughingwater Creek to Three Lakes Trail

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