Three Lakes Trail

Packwood, Washington 98361

Three Lakes Trail

Three Lakes Trail Professional Review and Guide

"A long day hike or moderate overnighter ends at three marshy lakes on the eastern border of the park near the Pacific Crest Trail. The Three Lakes trail lacks the kind of magnificent mountain views or copious trail junctions found in other regions of the park. The path constantly ascends through little-changing forest until it reaches the lakes. You will see little wildlife, few people, no waterfalls, and no views of Mount Rainier on this trail—that is, not until you reach your destination.

From the small parking lot, cross to the east side of the road and walk north along Highway 123 a few paces to the Laughingwater trailhead to your right (east). The trail starts uphill and does not relent until 0.25 mile from the lakes. Winding switchbacks characterize the first 2.0 miles of trail. When you see a marshy pool to your left (north), you know the switchbacks have ended. The rest of the route heads almost directly east for nearly 4 miles."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2,800 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
5 to 7 hours
Mid-July to September
2,000 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,800 feet
Top Elevation
Ohanapecosh Visitor Center
Local Contacts
USGS Ohanapecosh Hot Springs; 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