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Hike of the Week: Hidden Lake

Hike description: If you read enough hiking guide books you discover that there are a lot of Hidden Lakes in Washington. This one is tucked into the east side of Mount Rainier National Park. Hidden Lake is just that, hidden, from the main trail to Upper Palisades Lake. It is worthy of a trip in its own right.

It is uphill to Hidden Lake. But it is a lovely little lake, well worth the trip. The trail immediately drops down and at a half mile comes to the turnoff for Sunrise Lake. In another mile is Clover Lake. About two more miles brings you to Tom, Dick and Harry lakes and the signed side trail to Hidden Lake. The trail to Hidden Lake is narrow and a bit rough in spots so not one to try to rush through. Hidden Lake is well worth the effort. You can find a nice spot for lunch by the lake and if the weather and water temperature are right, a swim.

Directions

: Drive Highway 410 about 43 miles east of Enumclaw. Turn right at the Mount Rainier National Park White River entrance. Take the road 101/2 miles to the Sunrise Point parking area and viewpoint and the trailhead for this trip.

Difficulty rating

: 3 (1 is easiest, 5 is most difficult)

Miles round-trip

: 5.25

Elevation

: 700 feet

Best time of year

: July to October

Map

: Green Trails 269 Mount Rainier East

Pass

: Mount Rainier National Park annual or day

Also

: Elevation at the trailhead is 6,100 feet; start out slowly to give your body a chance to adjust to the thinner air. Be sure to take the 10 essentials.

Info

: Check the park Web site for current trail information: www.nps.gov/mora.

Hike of the Week is presented by The Mountaineers Tacoma Branch Hiking/Backpacking Committee. For other hikes, visit www.thenewstribune.com/hiking.

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