Most folks just go to Talapus or Olallie Lakes. But if you go beyond to Rainbow Lake you be on the ridge with views of Mt. Rainier. Trail is located just west of Snoq Pass. Thanks to Maria Lamarca Anderson for most of the photos.
|Maria with Mt Rainier in background and Olalli Lake @ Michael Fagin|
|Beargrass a plenty @ Maria Lamarca Anderson|
|Tiger Lily soaking up sun @ Maria Lamarca Anderson|
|Talapus Lake @ Maria Lamarca Anderson|
|Rainbow Lake @ Maria Lamarca Anderson|
Driving Directions:From Seattle, head east on I-90 to exit 45. Turn left, and drive under the freeway on FR 9030. In 1 mile follow the road around to the right at a junction. Continue straight on a gravel, sometimes severely potholed road to the trailhead at the road's end. Northwest Forest Pass required.
Trail Stats: 10.9 miles roundtrip and about 2300 elevation gain
Disclaimer: There are many factors which you should consider in deciding whether to proceed with an outing, including the visible weather at the trailhead, the strength and experience of the party, snow and avalanche conditions, route conditions, etc. You are the final decision maker whether to proceed. West Coast Weather, LLC dba Washington Online Weather cannot be held liable for loss or injury arising from your decision to proceed, and expressly disclaims all liability related thereto. Redmond, Washington USA. Also, please bring map-compass and GPS to help with trail directions as our directions are our best estimate.
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