Dewey + Anderson Lakes

Mount Rainier Area, Washington

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Dewey + Anderson Lakes


  • Western pasque flower (Anemone occidentalis).- Dewey + Anderson Lakes
  • Snow field on the east side of Naches Peak.- Dewey + Anderson Lakes
  • Avalanche lily (Erythronium montanum).- Dewey + Anderson Lakes
  • Magenta paintbrush.- Dewey + Anderson Lakes
  • Looking south toward Dewey Lake.- Dewey + Anderson Lakes
  • Yellow glacier lily (Erythronium grandiflorum).- Dewey + Anderson Lakes
  • View looking west toward the Tatoosh Range.- Dewey + Anderson Lakes
  • Spreading phlox (Phlox diffusa).- Dewey + Anderson Lakes
  • Western portion of Dewey Lake.- Dewey + Anderson Lakes
  • View looking east into the Wenatchee National Forest.- Dewey + Anderson Lakes
  • Anderson Lake.- Dewey + Anderson Lakes
  • Mountain hemlock (Tsuga mertensiana).- Dewey + Anderson Lakes
  • Black huckleberry (Vaccinium membranaceum).- Dewey + Anderson Lakes
  • - Dewey + Anderson Lakes
  • Sunrise on Mount Rainier (14,409').- Dewey + Anderson Lakes
  • View south from the ridge above American Lake.- Dewey + Anderson Lakes
  • View of Mount Rainier (14,409') from the summit of Bachelor's Ridge.- Dewey + Anderson Lakes
  • View west toward the Tatoosh Range and Unicorn Peak (6,917').- Dewey + Anderson Lakes
  • View south from the summit of Bachelor's Ridge toward Goat Rocks and Mount Adams (12,280').- Dewey + Anderson Lakes
  • View east from the summit of Bachelor's Ridge.- Dewey + Anderson Lakes
  • Lupine (Lupinus).- Dewey + Anderson Lakes
  • Pink mountain heather (Phyllodoce empetriformis).- Dewey + Anderson Lakes
  • Dewey Lake (eastern portion) looking east.- Dewey + Anderson Lakes
  • Mount Rainier (14,409') from Tipsoo Lake and Naches Trail Loop.- Dewey + Anderson Lakes
  • Mount Rainier (14,409') and Tipsoo Lake.- Dewey + Anderson Lakes
Overview + Weather
Vistas of Mount Rainier and Goat Rocks. Wildflowers. Subalpine lakes.
Naches loop is heavily used. Snowpack until August.
Mount Rainier Area, WA
Pets allowed: 
Net Elevation Gain: 
1,300.00 ft (396.24 m)
Parking Pass: 
NW Forest Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
10.50 mi (16.90 km)
Trail type: 
Trailhead Elevation: 
5,400.00 ft (1,645.92 m)
Current Local Weather:
Hike Description

Hike Description


Just to the east of Mount Rainier and the White River, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) follows the length of a ridge all the way from Crag Mountain in the south to Crystal Mountain to the north. This section of the PCT winds in and out of rocky peaks to gain dramatic perspectives of "Big Tahoma” as it dips up and down and connects subalpine lakes like a string of opal pearls. Two of these most accessible bodies of water are Dewey Lake and Anderson Lake. This hike starts at the PCT's junction with Highway 410 and meanders through meadows of alpine wildflowers including bear grass, avalanche lily, yellow glacier lily, western pasque flower, and small-flowered paintbrush.  On your way down to double-bodied Dewey Lake, you’ll drop into a forest dominated by subalpine fir and mountain hemlock.

If you are backpacking, consider continuing on an additional 1.8 miles to American Lake, or 4.0 miles to Cougar Lake.  If you are camped out near Anderson Lake, get on the semi-developed trail and scramble your way up to the summit of Bachelor’s Ridge (1.3 miles from Anderson Lake and a 700-foot climb) where you’ll gain spectacular views of Mount Rainier, Unicorn Peak, Goat Rocks, Mount Adams, Mount St. Helens, and on particularly clear days, Mount Hood.

Note: Dogs are not permitted on trails in Mount Rainier National Park, so if you are venturing in with your K9 friend, stay on the PCT that flanks the east side of Naches Peak, and do not hike toward Tipsoo Lake.

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