Lake George Trail

Difficulty
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Moderate
Duration
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3.5-5h
Distance
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14.0 km
Elevation
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449 m
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Directions to Trailhead

The Lake George Trail hike is a 14.0 km trip in Mount Rainier National Park that involves hiking on sections of decommissioned trail. For what you might sacrifice in maintenance, you’ll be rewarded with less traffic, pleasant views, and untouched wildflowers. This is a moderate trail with modest elevation gain for its length.

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Route Description for Lake George Trail

The hike on Lake George Trail is a bit wild due to sections that are unmaintained, but the serene atmosphere of the lake is well worth the effort.

Begin by following the 6.1 km decommissioned section of Westside Road to a crossing over Fish Creek. You’ll hike through old-growth Douglas fir on a gradually climbing trail with the creek beside you. Enjoy wildflowers flanking the trail and the shade of the trees.

Once you reach the campground by Lake George, you’ll take an unmarked and often overgrown trail to the south shore of the lake.

Either return the way you came or, if you booked a spot, settle in at the campsite.

Getting to the Lake George Trail Trailhead

To get to the trailhead for the Lake George Trail from the Nisqually entrance to the park, drive east on Nisqually-Longmire Road for a mile, then turn left onto Westside Road. There is no parking lot, so you’ll need to park along the road.

Route Information

  • Backcountry Campground

    Lake George Camp

  • When to do

    March-October

  • Pets allowed

    No

  • Family friendly

    No

  • Route Signage

    Poor

  • Crowd Levels

    Moderate

  • Route Type

    Out and back

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