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    872 m
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    15.0 km
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    Deer Creek Falls to Owyhigh Lakes Trail


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    The Deer Creek Falls to Owyhigh Lakes Trail hike is a 15.0 km out and back trail in Mount Rainier National Park that is moderately trafficked and provides the opportunity for extension. While this trail is a pleasant trip in itself, many hikers take it to the trail that leads up Tamanos Mountain or to Tamanos Creek Camp. Note that you need a wilderness pass for this trail and you can’t camp at Owyhigh— just book in at Tamanos instead.

    Route Description for Deer Creek Falls to Owyhigh Lakes Trail

    The hike from Deer Creek Falls to Owyhigh Lakes Trail is a lovely trip on its own, passing through mature forest to the calm Owyhigh Lakes. This trail is also a great choice for those looking to summit Mt. Tamanos or camp at Tamanos Creek Camp.

    Begin on the west side of WA 123, passing through Deer Creek Camp and following Needle Creek. The elevation gain is consistent but somewhat gradual until you hit the switchbacks, where you might feel a bit more winded. The views improve here as the trees thin out.

    Upon reaching the plateau at the lakes, you can either decide to continue up Mt. Tamanos or turn around and retrace your steps. If you’re camping at Tamanos Creek, continue on Owyhigh Lakes Trail a bit further.

    Getting to the Deer Creek Falls to Owyhigh Lakes Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Deer Creek Falls to Owyhigh Lakes Trail is off WA 123 at Deer Creek Camp. From the junction with Stevens Canyon Road, take WA 123 north. The trailhead is on the left before the sharp right turn.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground:

      Deer Creek Camp

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    • Route Type:

      Out and back

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