Trip will initially open to Tacoma Branch Conditioning Hiking Students. Episode 4– Forest Lake Day 2 Mushroom Hunting and Lake Swimming. I recorded 9.2 miles. Owyhigh Lakes in Mt. Description The trail climbs steadily for 3.5 miles through the forest on a series of switchbacks to reach the lakes. Gorgeous area! Well maintained trail with fantastic payoff. Trip Day Hike - Owyhigh Lakes. This trail leads eight miles one way from Owyhigh Lakes Trailhead on White River Road to Deer Creek Trailhead on State Road 123. Episode 2– Summerland on The Wonderland. Type of Hike Day hike. At 4.7 miles from the Owyhigh Lakes, the trail intersects with the East Side Trail. It was heavily wooded for most of the hike, which is awesome in the hot weather, but opens up into a meadow. Make your way to Mount Rainier National Park’s White River entrance from State Route 410. Nice trail, I wasn’t too impressed with the lakes though but maybe because we went towards end of the summer and so there is less water. We got to the trail head around 815 and were at the lakes by 930. Bring bug spray! The lakes are set in a broad, grassy meadow framed by Barriers Peak and Governors Ridge (east), and Tamanos Mountain (west). Took a day hike to Tamanos Mt saddle. Episode 1– Eastside Mt Rainier, Deer Creek, Owyhigh Lakes to Tamanos Camp and Tamanos Mountain. Climb gently to a bridge over Tamanos Creek at 2.9 miles, 1500 feet higher than the trailhead. I loved this hike and highly suggest it. Mount Rainier hiking Owyhigh Lakes length and elevation gain. There are 2 parking areas - 1 by the trailhead and one 1/10th of a mile below the TH. The trail climbs steadily for 3.5 miles through the forest on a series of switchbacks to reach the lakes. Note the hike is mostly uphill, although not too steep, until you reach Owyhigh Lakes. Note that this is inside the National Park, so you’ll need to pay to enter if you don’t have an America the Beautiful Pass. We parked in the lower/overflow lot and we were one of only 3 cars. is produced by Zodiak Kids formerly known as The Foundation TV Productions and now part of the Banijay Group. Enjoy! Mount Rainier hiking Owyhigh Lakes trail cautions. Although I had my reservation, the permit itself must be collected in person from a ranger station. This hike offers solitude amongst lakes, meadows, and mountains. Steve R. Episode 5– Palisades Lake Trail, a Bear and a River of Lupine. Owyhigh Lakes Trail is a poorly rated 4 mile green singletrack trail located near Greenwater Washington. Owyhigh Lakes trail in Mount Rainier National Park - elevation gain 1600 ft. Need to Know Tamanos Creek Camp is located among the trees three miles from the trailhead, and 0.5 mile short of the lakes. There is probably only a capacity for 15 vehicles between the 2 lots. Tricky Trick #3 is to put your backpack water bladders in the fridge the night before and to put lots of ice cubes in them the morning of. There are two main access points to the lakes – the north trailhead on White River Road and the south trailhead on State Route 123. The trail immediately gets down to the business of climbing, though the grade is never … This is your turnaround point. The first three miles are virtually in forest without significant views, but the forest is so quiet you can almost hear a pine needle fall. Although the creek is often dry by late summer, Owyhigh Lakes provide a reliable source of water. Owyhigh lakes offers a beautiful view of alpine lakes and meadows with surprising seclusion in Mount Rainier National Park. I recommend continuing down the trail another 1.5 miles. Well maintained nice trail. Start out at the signed trailhead across the road from the small parking area. Karen Sykes, 70, was well known in Northwest America’s hiking community. Go Hiking Trip Reports Owyhigh Lakes. Owyhigh lakes offers a beautiful view of alpine lakes and meadows with surprising seclusion in Mount Rainier National Park. There were about 6 downed trees that had to be circumvented and some overgrown areas but nothing too terrible. Lots of bugs and the lakes are more like ponds. The trail starts across the street from the small parking area. Switchbacks to start make for a good calf burner!! Sometimes it is only two of us, and sometimes we hike with others. Owyhigh Lakes I hope you weren’t expecting too much when you saw the word “lakes.” We knew from the trail reports that these lakes aren’t like other alpine lakes and wouldn’t be any sort of cool comfort on this hot day. We fueled up on cold brew and arrived at Owyhigh Lakes trailhead, just past Cayuse Pass, with only two wrong turns in tow. An in-forest day hike to a meadow filled with lakes and wildflowers. This is one of my all-time favorite day hikes and I have been on this trail 5 times over the last 3 years. Extending your trip: The trail south of Owyhigh Lakes is narrower and less well maintained, but still easily followed. There were some issues with mosquitoes once we reached the meadows around the lakes, but it was a warm morning once we reached the sunshine. Trip Day Hike - Owyhigh Lakes. Mount Rainier Area. If you can manage to look up from the blooms, you'll soon spy Buell Peak and Barrier Peak. Jun 14, 2015 - Our second hike of the season was to Owyhigh Lakes. share Share . From Deer Creek on, it is a steady uphill climb up Owyhigh Lakes Trail. The trail immediately gets down to the business of climbing, though the grade is never relentlessly steep and the switchbacks are lazy and long. If you're looking for a moderate day hike for the whole family in Mount Rainier National Park, take a close look at this one.. Seattle, WA 98104. Wild flowers were out in the meadow and that is always nice to see! Close to 4 miles up long gentle switchbacks through the forest. We arrived around 9:00 AM and the upper lot across from the trailhead was full although it only holds 6 cars. Trails provide numerous benefits and create a sustainable and healthy community. This is always a fun hike for me and this time was no exception. It is a very popular scramble via its southeast ridge. I ran out of steam and decided not to go to Tamanos Peak this time so my trip ended up being about 10.5 miles round trip with about 2900 feet of elevation gain. The park says "although this hike offers no views of Mount Rainier, it does offer an array of secluded mountain lakes and meadows aglow with wildflowers in mid-summer. So I’m assuming this is closer to 9-10mi out and back. Scrambled! Tel: 360.663.2273, From the White River entrance on Highway 410, 2.1 miles to the parking lot on the right, the trailhead is across the road. From here it’s .4 mile to the trailhead on SR 123. As everyone says, bugs are voracious right now. It is a rocky pyramid rising to the west above Owyhigh Lakes. There is a third clearing that has a nice panorama view of the surrounding mountain range. Do not feed or approach wildlife. We didn’t see any wildlife but there was bear scat as well as some scratched up trees where the black bears were looking for insects. The award-winning Dallas Trail Plan has over 160 miles of the most beautiful and diverse urban hike and bike trails in the country. Excellent camping site. The Texas Lakes Trail is a 31-county region in North Central Texas that features world renowned museums, historic downtowns, and western culture. Trail is definitely a moderate as it is a steady grind for the better part of 3 miles, but the trail is well maintained and nothing too steep. Owyhigh Lakes Trail. Mount Rainier Area -- NE - Sunrise/White River, Day Hiking Mount Rainier (Dan A. Nelson and Alan L. Bauer; Mountaineer Books), Hiking Mount Rainier National Park (Heidi Schneider and Mary Skjelset; Falcon Guides), Green Trails No. Then I proceeded to the trailhead. Although I had my reservation, the permit itself must be collected in person from a ranger station. The Owyhigh Lakes Trail is located 2.25 miles from the White River Entrance Station on White River Road. Blueberries and huckleberries are plentiful. Owyhigh Lakes Trail is a moderate hike in Mount Rainier National Park that leads hikers to several alpine lakes. The trail is very well maintained and easy to follow. Beautiful meadow full of flowers in season!! Nice little trail, everyone wearing masks when we passed by. Park rangers pronounce it "O-Y-high". Last month I hiked it from the trailhead off highway 123. Need to Know Tamanos Creek Camp is located among the trees three miles from the trailhead, and 0.5 mile short of the lakes. Other pronunciations range from "Oh-wee-high" to "OW-E-high" with many variances. The first 0.4miles take you downhill past some beautiful waterfalls and a couple of bridges over Deer Creek. My all trails turned off mid hike but had reach 5 miles at the lake. This is a moderate out and back trail to Owyhigh Lake in Mount Rainier National Park. o Sunrise o White River Entrance / SR 410 According to legend, the Owyhigh Lakes were named after Yakama Chief “Owhi”, who loaned horses to Theodore Winthrop (after whom the Winthrop Glacier was named), when Winthrop was on a trek across the Cascades in the mid-1850s. Pets and bicycles are not allowed on park trails. I was on the road before daybreak and didn’t realize it really was not clearly going to be a sunshiny day until I was out on the Jackson Prairie, 30 minutes from home, getting my latte. Owyhigh Lakes Trail is a moderate hike in Mount Rainier National Park that leads hikers to several alpine lakes. Visit two beautiful lakes nestled in an alpine meadow, reached via a wide, well-maintained trail with a steady gentle grade through a magnificent old growth forest. Deer Creek Falls to Owyhigh Lakes Trail is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Paradise Inn, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. Thanks for watching. It can be hiked as an out and back day hike from either trailhead, a shuttle hike or an overnight backpack. One of the best places in MRNP with a gorgeous view but not of Rainier. From Deer Creek on, it is a steady uphill climb up Owyhigh Lakes Trail. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. Great trail! Owyhigh Lakes Trail is a 12.1 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Greenwater , Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. In just over a mile is the entrance gate and pay booth. Wonderland Trail to Camp Summerland and Lake, Burroughs Mountain Loop Via Glacier Basin, Hidden Lake Spur Via Palisades Lake Trail, Dege Peak and Frozen Lake via Sourdough Ridge Trail, Glacier Basin to Burroughs Mountain to Wonderland Trail Loop, Mount Ruth via Glacier Basin and Emmons Moraine Trails, Wonderland Trail: Summerland, Indian Bar, Cowlitz Divide, Wonderland Trail: Panhandle Gap and Sarvant Glacier. We started just before 7am at the Summerland Trailhead off of Sunrise Road. Amazing meadow - flowers in full bloom - continue along trail for about .3 mile for another stunning meadow. Trail start is pass the lake a bit ( ~.5 mile) on your right. Highly recommend this one! This steep stretch leads through dense forest along Shaw Creek. Had the whole lake and hike down all to ourselves! The thick forest means limited views, but also shade-tolerant species of trees, such as yellow cedar. Rainier circumambulation via the Wonderland Trail, while climbing out of White River up to Summerland, the heat and sun were simply too oppressive. It is the first regular studio-based Saturday morning show on ITV since Holly & Stephens Saturday Showdown. The Owyhigh Lakes Trail rises steadily through diverse mid-elevation and subalpine forests to a wide opening in the valley at the head of Shaw Creek. Continue past the gate 2.2 miles to the signed Owyhigh Lakes trailhead. Owyhigh Lakes Loop This route was the result of a happy failure. Altogether it was a great hike and we had the lake to ourselves. In high summer, biting flies and mosquitoes may be a problem at the lakes. The view of the mountains when you walk through the clearing of the trees is incredible. Meadow above the lakes. Scrambled! Day Hike - Owyhigh Lakes. Shaded most parts. All participants and leaders must agree to the COVID-19 Code of Conduct before participating in this Mountaineers activity. Elevation at the Deer Creek trailhead is 3,250 feet, highest point is at 5,350 feet. Parking is limited, with room for about 7 vehicles. Lots of wildflowers today....almost as many mosquitoes! Extending your trip: The trail south of Owyhigh Lakes is narrower and less well maintained, but still easily followed. Unfortunately, the huckleberries weren’t ripe yet. This trail was in fair condition. But what does it mean? Navigation warning: Both of the listed Green Trails maps have incorrect mileages for the section north of Owyhigh Lakes. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. Linking communities with trails and greenways is a critical component of the urban fabric. The parking lot is located on the right (north) side of the … Felt like I could reach out and touch her. If you want to wander the lakes basin, there is a social trail that approaches the lakes from the southwest, a quarter mile ahead. Visit two beautiful lakes nestled in an alpine meadow, reached via a wide, well-maintained trail with a steady gentle grade through a magnificent old growth forest. Not crowded at all. In place of the traditional Mount Rainier views, Owyhigh Lakes provides seclusion from other trail users, and multitudes of open-meadow vistas. Round trip distance: 7 miles; Elevation gain: 1,300 feet; Mount Rainier Owyhigh Lakes trail description. The park says "although this hike offers no views of Mount Rainier, it does offer an array of secluded mountain lakes and meadows aglow with wildflowers in mid-summer. Actual lenth was 4.5 miles round trip from the Bud Blanchard trail head. 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 Clocked in more like 8 miles total. The wildflowers are in peak in the first meadow right now and the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen. There weren’t very many bugs when we were there, but it was still a little on the cooler side and a slight breeze was going through. This trail goes by Tamanos Creek Camp, Owyhigh Lake, and Tamanos Mountain. Trail was clear of snow all the way to the lake with patches further on. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. So beautiful! While this added a bunch of elevation it also added all the wonder of solitude in sweeping meadows, mountain and valley views, and Rainier in all her glory. The Owyhigh Lakes Trail continues straight, crossing Chinook Creek near its confluence with Deer Creek. Mount Rainier hiking Owyhigh Lakes trail trivia. Situated on the eastern slope of Tamanos Mountain (6,530'), Owyhigh Lake is a perfect hiking destination. After the snow has melted, a carpet of wildflowers grabs your attention, including lupine, bistort, anemone, aster, paintbrush, columbine, groundsel, and lovage. Hiked in from the 123 route through Deer Creek. Outstanding views! Distance, round trip: 7 miles (with return to White River) Elevation gain: 1350 feet; Hiking time, round trip: 3.5 hours; Wilderness Camps: Tamanos Creek; Trail Description Drive through the White River Entrance and proceed two miles to a parking area on the right. White River Wilderness Information Center Trip Report By . UPWC – Owyhigh Lakes 9/1/17 Posted by pointlenana September 4, 2017 September 4, 2017 Posted in Uncategorized “The fifth annual UltraPedestrian Wilderness Challenge is a multi-faceted multi-media adventure blogging contest open to Trailrunners, Fastpackers, Backpackers, and bipeds of … Plenty of pretty little creek views and then a gorgeous meadow just before the lake. Ken Giesbers. Last year when Kathy and her friend were attempting a Mt. Definitely walk upon the bridge spanning the crashing waterway before beginning your hike down valley. Awesome hike this time of year with patches of snow and an abundance of wildflowers. Owyhigh Lakes: 8 miles one way. 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