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Green Lake Trail

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 4.4 (7)

Follow this switchbacking trail as it leads past a waterfall on its way to Green Lake.


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1.5

Miles

2.4

KM

55%

Runnable

3,380' 1,030 m

High

2,111' 643 m

Low

1,315' 401 m

Up

209' 64 m

Down

19%

Avg Grade (11°)

56%

Max Grade (29°)

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Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Swimming · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

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.

Runner Notes

The continuous steep grades on this trail make for a great workout. On warmer summer days, this trail offers a cool, shaded atmosphere.

Description

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.

To get the trail, follow the Carbon River Trail from the Carbon River entrance. Just over three and a half miles from the trailhead, the Green Lake Trail leaves the road at Ranger Creek. From here the trail leads through a forest of massive old-growth trees on its ascent to the lake. The trail ascends gradually at first but becomes steeper as you go. Well-built switchbacks make the ascent easier on the legs.

One mile from the trailhead is Ranger Falls, where Ranger Creek cascades over solid bedrock. Beyond the falls the trail ascends another .8 mile to Green Lake. When you pop out at the lake, you'll be greeted by its emerald waters and picturesque reflections of Mt. Rainier towering above. The lake is encapsulated by a sheer wall of old growth trees, giving it a unique feel.

Flora & Fauna

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

Contacts

Shared By:

Brian Smith

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  4.4 from 7 votes

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Photos

The clear water at Green Lake.
Jun 10, 2016 near Buckley, WA
ranger falls, 200 feet off the Green Lake trail
May 5, 2019 near Buckley, WA
Green Lake.
Jun 10, 2016 near Buckley, WA
green lake - exquisitely transparent
May 5, 2019 near Buckley, WA
Going up the steep trail
Jun 10, 2016 near Buckley, WA

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May 3, 2019
Christof Dreyer
Trail in perfect condition, no snow or excessive mud. Nice workout with 1.8 miles of steady climb. The sights at Green Lake absolutely gorgeous. 3.6mi
May 27, 2018
Chris Speyer
10.1mi