Palisades Lakes Trail

Greenwater, Washington 98022

Palisades Lakes Trail

Palisades Lakes Trail Professional Review and Guide

"A sharp descent leads down into a valley with many lakes. Upper Palisades Lake is beautiful. From the direction you approach, a field of flowers leads all the way to the water’s edge. Striated rock formations, the Palisades, provide the backdrop for the deep-blue and aqua waters of the lake.

After parking at Sunrise Point, cross White River Road to the east.The trail begins at the easternmost corner of the point beyond a few informational displays. At first the trail descends gradually, but the slight grade soon gives way to a steep, rocky trail. Wear shoes with good traction. We saw more than one person in inadequate footwear slip on the dusty trail.The steep switchbacks end in 0.5 mile at a junction. The westbound trail heads to Sunrise Lake, a pretty lake that unfortunately lies close to a busy road."

Palisades Lakes Trail Reviews

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Great hike. Beautiful meadows and lakes. the views were amazing! We camped at Dicks Lake which was great camp site. Lots of bugs bring your deet. We fished but had no luck as we expected. Hiking in was easy I guess I didn't notice it was mostly down hill. Hiking back out was a bit difficult with a heavy backpack but worth the effort.
This is one of my favorite day hikes in Mt. Rainier National Park. It's right by Sunrise, so an easy trip from Seattle, and goes through beautiful meadows (filled with wildflowers in July) and breathtaking vistas. You can go to Upper Palisades Lake or take the optional offshoot to Hidden Lake, which is secluded and the perfect place for a picnic. The trail's never very crowded and is fairly easy, but there are sections that will be strenuous for out-of-shape hikers.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
500 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
4 to 5 hours
Mid-July to September
6,100 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,100 feet
Top Elevation
White River Wilderness Information Center
Local Contacts
USGS White River; Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park; Astronaut's Vista: Mount Rainier National Park; Earthwalk Press Hiking Map and Guide
Local Maps

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Jul 2018