Island and Rainbow Lakes

North Bend, Washington 98045

Island and Rainbow Lakes

Island and Rainbow Lakes Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"If you want to shed the crowds while still exploring the wonderful routes of the western Snoqualmie Pass region, this might be the destination to consider.

Sure, you’ll have to share the first section of the route with the hordes, but most of the casual hikers will drop out at Talapus or Olallie Lake. By pushing on, you get higher and quieter country to explore as well as a much more scenic lake basin to enjoy."

Island and Rainbow Lakes Trip Reports

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We went to these lakes but via a different route. Exit 45, turn left under I90, left again on the service road. Instead of turning right toward Talapus, we remained on the service road for over 2 miles (where it ends). This road seems to wash out annually but it is clear now. We hiked to Mason Lake, then Rainbow and Island. Lots of huckleberries and blueberries, beautiful hike. Spectacular view of Mt. Rainier on ridge before descending to Mason Lake. Better than Snow Lake and few other hikers.

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Trail Information

North Bend
Nearby City
2,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Moderate to Difficult
Best Times
Mount Baker–Snoqualmie National Forest, Snoqualmie Ranger District, North Bend office
Local Contacts
Green Trails Bandera No. 206
Local Maps

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