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Shadow Lake Trail

Parent Category: Hiking
Created: 08 September 2014
Location: Mount Rainier, Sunrise Area
Roundtrip of the trail: 3.5 miles
Elevation Gain: 200 ft
Highest Point: 5400 ft
GPS Coordinates: 46°54'52.6"N 121°38'32.3"W

Photo from Mount Rainier, Sunrise Area, Shadow Lake TrailPictures below will take you on a virtual tour to a very nice lake. Enjoy the views!!!


Photo from Mount Rainier, Sunrise Area, Shadow Lake Trail

Shadow Lake Trail is a wonderful, easy and family friendly hike in the Sunrise Area. You will enjoy astounding views of mountains and tundra ecosystem. This short trail explores unusual ecosystem and offers gorgeous views of Mount Rainier.

Photo from Mount Rainier, Sunrise Area, Shadow Lake Trail

The trail starts at the old road curve on the southwest side of the parking lot near the visitor center. Follow this trail towards the Sunrise Camp. Don’t be afraid that there are no signs, the first real sign, indicating the name of the trail, can be found at about 0.5 mile from the trailhead. At this junction, the path that turns left is the Wonderland Trail, it takes you to White River. If we are looking for Shadow Lakes, we are to continue going straight to the Sunrise Camp.

 At about 1.2 miles from the trailhead, the path reaches Shadow Lake. This is a nice and shallow lake that is surrounded by green meadows. Open slopes near the lake are perfect home for wildlife here.

Photo from Mount Rainier, Sunrise Area, Shadow Lake Trail

Numerous species of birds, deer, mountain goats are frequently seen here.

From Shadow Lake, you may continue the hike or turn back. If you choose to continue, the Sunrise Camp will be in 1.8 miles. Once it was a drive-up car camping, but now is used as a walk-in tent campground. Enjoy your rest here or come back through Frozen Lake.


From Enumclaw

Drive east 43 miles on State Route 410 to the Mount Rainier National Park White River Entrance. Turn right onto the Sunrise Road and drive for 17 miles west to the large parking lot and visitor center at the end of the road. Sunrise Road usually doesn't open until early July.

These pictures were taken on August 20, 2014

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Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Alex Mandryko

Information: Marina Petrova

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