Palisades Lakes Trail

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier Area, Washington

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Palisades Lakes Trail

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  • View of the Sourdough Mountains (including Markus Peak, 6,962') and Sunrise Lake from Sunrise Point.- Palisades Lakes Trail
  • View north of Mount Stuart (9,415') and Enchantments from Sunrise Point.- Palisades Lakes Trail
  • View north of Mount Stuart (9,415') and Enchantments from Sunrise Point.- Palisades Lakes Trail
  • View of Sunrise Lake from Sunrise Point.- Palisades Lakes Trail
  • View north of the North Cascades: Glacier Peak (10,540') at left, Chimney Rocks (7,727') middle, Mount Daniel (7,980') at right.- Palisades Lakes Trail
  • Pika (Ochotona princeps) in a talus field on the Palisades Lakes Trail.- Palisades Lakes Trail
  • Sunrise Lake.- Palisades Lakes Trail
  • View along the Palisades Lakes Trail.- Palisades Lakes Trail
  • Palisades Lakes Trail.- Palisades Lakes Trail
  • Clover Lake along the Palisades Lakes Trail.- Palisades Lakes Trail
  • Clover Lake along the Palisades Lakes Trail.- Palisades Lakes Trail
  • Clover Lake along the Palisades Lakes Trail.- Palisades Lakes Trail
  • South Dicks Lake along the Palisades Lakes Trail.- Palisades Lakes Trail
  • Middle Dicks Lake along the Palisades Lakes Trail.- Palisades Lakes Trail
  • View of Markus Peak (6,962') from along the Palisades Lakes Trail.- Palisades Lakes Trail
  • Black huckleberry (Vaccinium membranaceum).- Palisades Lakes Trail
  • Hidden Lake spur trail with view of Markus Peak (6,962').- Palisades Lakes Trail
  • Hidden Lake.- Palisades Lakes Trail
  • Hidden Lake.- Palisades Lakes Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Multiple pristine alpine lakes.
Cons: 
No views of Mount Rainier.
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Region:
Mount Rainier Area, WA
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Summer, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
National Park Pass
Total Distance: 
6.80 mi (10.94 km)
Trailhead Elev.: 
6,040 ft (1,841 m)
Net Elev. Gain: 
900 ft (274 m)
Trail Uses:
Hiking
Trail type: 
There-and-back
Dogs allowed: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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At 7.5 miles round-trip, the Palisades Lake Trail is an excellent hike if you are in Mount Rainier National Park planning for a moderate hike that lacks nothing in terms of beautiful alpine scenery. Leaving from Sunrise Point, where you'll have stunning views of Rainier's Sourdough Mountains, the Enchantments, and the North Cascades, this trail plunges into a basin blessed with multiple pristine lakes, wildflower meadows, and healthy populations of wildlife. The trail weaves back and forth from lake to lake, some accessible via short spurs; Sunrise, Clover, Tom, Dick and Harry Lakes, and Hidden Lake are some of the named lakes you'll see before you encounter Upper Palisade Lake (west) and Lower Palisades Lake (northeast) at the end of the trail. The trail undulates through sections of dense forest and open clearings, giving this hike a wonderful variety.

As is the case with many hikes in this area, access depends on snowpack. Camping is allowed with a wilderness permit at Dick Lake and at Upper Palisade Lake. Note that dogs are not allowed on trails in the park.

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