INFO For information on permits, current trail and camp conditions, and wilderness guidelines, go to nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/wilderness-camping-and-hiking.htm.
PERMIT A wilderness permit is required for all overnight camping in the backcountry. Reservations requests accepted by fax or mail, starting on March 15th of each year ($20/reservation). Download form at nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/wilderness-reservation-information.htm.
CONTACT Mt. Rainier National Park, (360) 569-2211; nps.gov/mora
-Mapped by Jack Haskel
TO TRAILHEAD: Shuttle car: From Greenwater, drive southeast on WA 410 E/Chinook Pass Hwy. for nearly 25 miles to parking on Chinook Pass.
To trailhead: From Chinook Pass, drive south on WA 410 W/Mather Memorial Pkwy. In roughly 4 miles, turn left onto WA 123 S. Go 11.1 miles to parking near the Laughingwater Creek trailhead.
- Distance: 29.8
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From the highway, hike east on Laughingwater Creek Trail.
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The trail crests a small bench above the Ohanapecosh River valley. Head northeast along Laughingwater Creek.
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The climb steepens here.
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Cross a creek that flows into Laughingwater Creek.
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Continue straight at the 3-way junction.
Location: 46.764971, -121.479993
Keep straight at this 3-way intersection.
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The trail passes Three Lakes.
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The climb steepens at this small lake. Climb the ridgeline to join the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT).
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Turn left near the top of the ridge, heading north on the PCT. Look to the northwest for views of Mt. Rainier.
Location: 46.79102, -121.447742
You have two options at this 3-way junction: 1) Go straight to continue along the PCT; 2) Turn right for a .8-mile out-and-back to Two Lakes.
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Set up camp at a designated site near Anderson Lake (mile 13.4). Next day: Continue north on the PCT.
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Stay left at the trail fork; walk around the southwest banks of Dewey Lake, passing many campsites.
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Pass a campsite overlooking Dewey Lake.
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Continue straight (north) at the 3-way junction. The trail on the left leads west to Tipsoo Lake.
Location: 46.871881, -121.515539
Cross bridge over highway and turn left for the last stretch to the parking area.
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The route ends at Chinook Pass. Want to go farther? Download more PCT section hikes at backpacker.com/pct.
Views of Mt. Rainier
Location: 46.807521, -121.46111
Rainier from the PCT
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Tarn below Naches Peak
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