Green Lake Trail

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14.6 km
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448 m
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The Green Lake Trail is a 14.6 km heavily trafficked trail in Mount Rainier National Park that features a calm lake wrapped in verdant forest. While longer, the beginning of this trail is more relaxed, making it a nice outing without being too difficult.

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Route Description for Green Lake Trail

The Green Lake Trail is a calm, enjoyable hike that leads you to a serene lake surrounded by trees. The beginning of this hike is more laidback, making it less challenging for the distance it covers.

The hike begins on the Carbon River Trail directly past the end of the road. Follow the trail east. You’ll cross June Creek and then another smaller creek. A third creek crossing happens prior to the trail dropping off to the south. At the junction, stay right.

Continue south, stopping off to admire Ranger Falls when you pass them on the left. Cross Ranger Creek and then find yourself at the lovely lakeshore. After you’ve appreciated the lake, retrace your steps to the parking lot.

Getting to the Green Lake Trail Trailhead

The trailhead for the Green Lake Trail is located on Fairfax Forest Reserve Road just past the park boundary. Park at the lot for the Rainforest Loop Trail.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground


  • When to do


  • Pets allowed


  • Family friendly

    Older Children only

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  • Route Type

    Out and back

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