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Lake Eleanor

Intermediate
 4.6 (5)

Delightful wildflowers await in Grand Park with the added bonus of visiting a pretty alpine lake.


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4.2

Miles

6.8

KM

88%

Runnable

5,641' 1,719 m

High

4,559' 1,390 m

Low

155' 47 m

Up

1,237' 377 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

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Features Lake · Wildflowers

Description

From the intersection with the Northern Loop Trail, make your way northeast along the edge of Grand Park. Spectacular views of Rainier can be had here. If this huge, flat, wildflower-covered meadow doesn't give you the "hills are alive" feeling, nothing will! After about 1.5 miles of pure enjoyment, leave the meadow and descend steeply through the trees. Things level out again and soon you pop out of the forest and enter a smaller meadow with a pond.

More shady running before reaching the Lake Eleanor camp and finally the lake itself. This small lake is ringed by trees and has a small peninsula protruding from the western shore. Either retrace your steps or complete the Lake Eleanor Trail by roughly paralleling Eleanor Creek to the northeast and ending at fire road 7360.

Flora & Fauna

Bugs, bears, elk. Glacier lilies, Indian paintbrush, lupine, beargrass.

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Megan W

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 5 votes

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#271

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Hate to leave!  The views here are amazing
Jul 27, 2015 near Buckley, WA
Lake Eleanor (photo by brewbooks)
Jul 27, 2015 near Buckley, WA
On the trail to Lake Eleanor (photo by brewbooks)
Jul 27, 2015 near Buckley, WA
Trail junction for Lake Eleanor and the Northern Loop trails (photo by brewbooks)
Jul 27, 2015 near Buckley, WA

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May 8, 2020
Matt Giles
Snow blocking road to trailhead 3mi out. Ran from car to trailhead, sign was buried in feet of snow - still felt good to get out and warm up the legs