Ranger Falls – 04-27-2014

Mountaineers CHS 1 hike to Ranger Falls. It even snowed on us on this hike! Participants include Leigh During (leader), JoEllen LaPlant, Katie McNett, Carol Mikkelsen, Jodie Framke, Nicole Hansen, Mae Waldron, Rojesh Punnath, Lisa Hopkins, Isabella Lopez, and Cristina Del Alma.

Ranger Falls – 04-27-2014 (Fullscreen Slideshow)

References:

  • Green Trails Mount Rainier West, No 269.
  • Day Hiking: Mount Rainier, by Dan A. Nelson and Alan L. Bauer, Green Lake

Think Mount Rainier, and the images that instantly come to mind usually include open meadows, wildflowers, glaciers, and grand views. Green Lake, though, proves there’s more to the park than that. This wonderful trail stays with the cool shadows of deep old-growth forests. You’ll explore the quiet waters of a cool mountain stream and the deep, dark pool of a forested lake. No sweeping vistas. No alpine meadows. No glaciated peaks. Just rich forest ecosystems and trout-rich waters.

Driving Directions
From Puyallup, drive 13 miles east on State Route 410 to Buckley. Turn right (south) onto SR 165. Proceed to the bridge over the Carbon River Gorge and then bear left to Mount Rainier National Park’s Carbon River Entrance. Note: Due to 2006 flood damage, it is necessary to walk the road 3 miles from the point of the first damage, just inside the park boundary. Please contact the park service for current information prior to your hike.
Trailhead GPS coordinates (46.9927,-121.8506)
National Park or National Forest Parking Pass required, depending on whether you park inside the Mount Rainer National Park boundary or not.

Hiking Stats:
9.97 miles, 1323 ft. gain, 4 hrs 47 min.

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