Deer Creek to Tipsoo Lake Trail

Greenwater, Washington 98022

Deer Creek to Tipsoo Lake Trail

Deer Creek to Tipsoo Lake Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"You start low, strolling up a deeply forested river valley, but end up in broad meadows with stellar views of Mount Rainier. The trail gets very little hiking pressure, so you’re almost certain to have the route to yourself.

The trail parallels the highway, but most of the way, the road is well out of both sight and hearing of the trail. Look for weasels and martens along the river—as well as dippers and other water-loving birds."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer
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"Seldom visited but deserving of more attention, this route rolls past a couple of sparkling waterfalls, climbs through lush old forest, and leads to moderate views from a wooded pass above a pretty wooded lake basin. The trail is on the maintenance logs, but the relatively light use leaves the route brushy and the trail tread rough at times. The best favor we can do for this sweet little forest route is to use it: the path needs people to use it and love it. It offers a great outing in a part of the park seldom visited by the hordes that descend on the big mountain each year." Read more
Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer
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"This short hike leads through lush old forest to a picturesque waterfall and a cool woodland camp along a pretty forest stream. The trail lacks the panoramic views and awesome alpine scenery you’ll find along so many other Mount Rainier trails. Instead, this short walk offers you a look at a different aspect of this multifaceted park." Read more
Hiking Waterfalls in Washington (Falcon Guides)
Roddy Scheer with Adam Sawyer
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"This wonderful 7-mile out and back hike affords great views of three different waterfalls on three different watercourses—Deer Creek Falls on Deer Creek, Stafford Falls on Chinook Creek, and Ohanapecosh Falls on the Ohanapecosh River—as the trail zigs and zags its way south on the far east side of Mt. Rainier National Park. From the marked trailhead along WA 123, the Owyhigh Lakes Trail descends down a well-maintained, decently graded path, with the sound of rushing water from nearby Deer Creek your constant companion. The climax forest is an amazing place, with an understory dominated by bunchberry, sword fern, and devil’s club and a canopy of western hemlock, western red cedar, Douglas fir, and other iconic trees of the Pacific Northwest." Read more

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Trail Information

Greenwater
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
10
Distance
2,100 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
June–Oct
Season
3,100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,296 feet
Top Elevation
Waterfalls
Features
Longmire Wilderness Information Center
Local Contacts
Green Trails Mount Rainier East, No. 270
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018