6.27.16 Hike of the Week: Green Lake

Area: Carbon River
Hike Type: Waterfall views Pass: Natl. Park Pass
Distance: 9.6 mi RT Duration: 5 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate
Snow-Free: mid-May – Nov High Point: 3,225 Elevation Gain: 1,350

Features: kid-friendly, exceptional waterfall, exceptional old growth forest, bike-hike possibility

Roam through miles of some of the largest and oldest trees in Mount Rainier National Park to a placid lake and a stunning waterfall. While Green Lake is a pretty sight—it’s triple-tiered Ranger Falls and the surrounding primeval forest that are the real treats on this hike. Amble up the Carbon River Valley before briskly climbing to the small lake tucked beneath Tolmie Peak. And try to keep your neck from straining while constantly tilting your head upward admiring towering firs, cedars and hemlocks.

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