Laughingwater Creek Trail

Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Elevation Gain5,370ft
Trailhead Elevation2,165ft
Elevation Min/Max2163/5743ft
Elevation Start/End2165/2165ft

Laughingwater Creek Trail

Laughingwater Creek Trail is a hiking trail in Lewis County and Yakima County, Washington. It is within Mount Rainier National Park and William O. Douglas Wilderness Area. It is 7.3 miles long and begins at 2,165 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 14.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 5,370 feet. Along the trail there is a water. This trail connects with the following: Pacific Crest Trail.

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Day & Section Hikes Pacific Crest Trail: Washington (Wilderness Press)
Adrienne Schaefer
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"When thinking of Mount Rainier National Park, most people simply envision the mountain, with its broken glaciers and rugged volcanic outcroppings. While the dramatic images are impressive, the park has a softer side that usually goes unnoticed. This is your chance to experience a place where mist rises from calm, clear lakes that lie in thick, old-growth forests; brightly colored dragonflies dance on the water’s edge; and bull elk can be heard bugling during the rutting season on a crisp fall afternoon."
Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park (The Mountaineers Books)
Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer
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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."

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Trail Information

Mount Rainier National Park
Nearby City
Mount Rainier National Park
Skill Level
Longmire Wilderness and Information Center
Local Contacts
Green Trails maps: Mount Rainier East 270 and Bumping Lake 271
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