Forest Lake

Mount Rainier, Washington 98361

Forest Lake

Forest Lake Professional Review and Guide

"A short descent over rocky alpine terrain travels through subalpine meadows to a quaint mountain lake.

If you want to escape the crowd at Sunrise and experience a variety of different ecosystems, this is the hike for you. From the tundra on the north side of Sourdough Ridge to the deciduous forest that surrounds Forest Lake, you will have a taste of everything. While you are walking along this trail, you can see the Cascades to the north, and Mount Rainier looks magnificent from here."

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Trail Information

Mount Rainier
Nearby City
1,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
About 3 to 4 hours
Mid-July through Sept
White River Wilderness Information Center, (360) 569-6670; Sunrise Visitor Center, (360) 663-2425
Local Contacts
USGS Sunrise; Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park
Local Maps