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Forest Lake

Mount Rainier Area > NE - Sunrise/White River
46.9146, -121.6423 Map & Directions
4.4 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1,250 feet
Highest Point
6,920 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
The trail to Forest Lake. Photo by mtn.mama Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Ridges/passes
  • Wildlife
  • Established campsites
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Good for kids
  • Lakes
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Hiking Forest Lake

Forest lake is a small lake in the Sunrise area of Mount Rainier. The Lake is a stop along the Huckleberry Creek Trail, with one designated campsite. Since it’s within the National Park boundary a permit is required to camp here.

From the main parking area at Sunrise, start out on the Sourdough Ridge Trail for about 0.6 mile. Enjoy the stunning views of Mount Rainier along this stretch because shortly you’ll drop down and the scenery will change.

At the first fork in the trail, following the sign to Forest Lake, head right down the Huckleberry Creek Trail and drop into a mountain basin. After 1.6 more miles of travel you will arrive at Forest Lake. 

The hike in is mostly downhill, so enjoy your time at the lake before the climb back to your car.

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Forest Lake

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 46.9146, -121.6423 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Getting There

From Enumclaw drive south on Highway 410 for about 37 miles, then turn right on to Sunrise Park Road. Continue for about 15 miles to the main parking area at the Sunrise Visitor Center.

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Mount Rainier Area > NE - Sunrise/White River

Mount Rainier National Park

Guidebooks & Maps

Day Hiking: Mt. Rainier National Park Trails (Nelson & Bauer - Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270 map

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