• Mount Rainier peeks through clouds, viewed across subalpine wildflowers and glacial moraine.

    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

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Green Lake Trail

Trail route from Carbon River entrance to Green Lake/ NW
Map of the Green Lake Trail from Carbon River entrance. Use of a topographic map for best the information.
 

Trail Description:

Distance, round-trip:

10.8 miles

Elevation gain:

1000 feet

Hiking time, round-trip:

4.5 hours

Wilderness camps:

No

Green Lake is one of the park's most serene mountain lakes. It is surrounded by forest but offers partial views to the south of Tolmie Park.



The trail begins at Carbon River entrance. 3.6 miles in, the Green Lakes trail leaves the road at Ranger Creek. The trail leads through a forest of massive old-growth trees on its moderate ascent to the lake. One mile from the trailhead is Ranger Falls. Beyond the falls the trail ascends another .8 mile to Green Lake.


Along the
Trail:


Eight hundred year-old Douglas fir trees can be found along the route to Ranger Falls.


Backpacking:


Camping is not permitted due to the lake's popularity with day hikers and its proximity to the trail. Current trail conditions are available park-wide from wilderness information centers, ranger stations, and visitor centers. Fires are prohibited. No pets on trails. Treat water before drinking.

Did You Know?

Northwest face of Mount Rainier and Emmons Glacier as seen from Sunrise.

Mount Rainier is the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48 states at 35 square miles of snow and ice with Emmons Glacier being the largest by surface area with 4.3 square miles of ice. The Emmons is best viewed from Sunrise on the NE side of the mountain.