10.31.16 Hike of the Week: Owyhigh Lakes | Visit Rainier

10.31.16 Hike of the Week: Owyhigh Lakes

Area: White River
Hike Type: Mountain views
Pass: Natl. Park Pass
Distance: 7 mi RT  Duration: 5 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate
Snow-Free: Mid-July – Oct High Point: 5,250 Elevation Gain: 1,500

Features: wildflowers, old-growth forest, backcountry camping, subalpine lakes, solitude

Hike through impressive stands of primeval forest to two subalpine lakes high above the White River Valley. The lakes are set in a meadow beneath the sawtooth multi-summited Governors Ridge—one of the most intriguing looking alpine landmarks within the park. In summer the lake basin blooms with wildflowers. In fall the grasses and sedges turn gold. While there are no views of Rainier—and no sweeping alpine views along this hike—it more than makes up for it in solitude.

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