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

    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

There are park alerts in effect.
show Alerts »
  • Nisqually to Paradise delays and Kautz Creek area closure.

    Road construction from the Nisqually Entrance to Longmire. Expect a 30-minute delay, Monday through Friday. Beginning May 29 to mid-July, all services at the Kautz Creek parking and picnic area are closed through the week. Limited parking on Sat & Sun. More »

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:

9.6 miles

Elevation gain:

1000 feet

Hiking time, round-trip:

4.5 hours

Wilderness camps:


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. Three miles in, a trail at Ranger Creek leaves the roadbed sothward toward the lake. It leads through a forest of massive old-growth trees on its moderate ascent to the lake. One mile from the trailhead is Ranger Creek Falls. Beyond the falls the trail ascends another .8 mile to Green Lake.

Along the

Eight hundred year-old Douglas fir trees can be found along the route to Ranger Falls. The falls and the lake are unique attractions.


Camping is not permitted due to the lake's popularity with day hikers and its proximity to the trail. Crosscountry camping opportunities exist in other areas for skilled minimum impact backpackers who seek a primitive camping experience. Permits are required for camping. Permits and 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?

President Taft visits Paradise in 1911.

In 1911, President William Howard Taft's touring car was the first vehicle to drive the newly-built road to Paradise. The road was very muddy, and the car had to be pulled through the upper portion by a team of mules. Learn more about Mount Rainier's transportation history at the following link: More...