ElevationAscent: 3,031' 924 m
Descent: -3,034' -925 m
High: 4,851' 1,479 m
Low: 2,079' 634 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 39% (22°)
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“One of the park's gems, Three Lakes provides awesome scenery without the typical Rainier crowds.”— Tom Robson
Punctuated by the constant babble of Laughingwater Creek and dense old-growth trees, Three Lakes is an insanely beautiful route. Although the route stays high above the creek and you can't actually see it, its sound provides the perfect backdrop for pristine Rainier views.
Reverence for this pristine sub-alpine environment shouldn't be difficult to come by, but please be sure to stay on the designated trail - the meadows are especially fragile.
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Local Club: Washington Trails Association
Mar 27, 2020: Beacon Rock State Park - Beacon Rock
Mar 26, 2020: WTA mad libs.pdf
Mar 26, 2020: WTA-hiker bingo.pdf
Land Manager: National Park Service - Mount Rainier National Park