Green Lake Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,315' 401 m
Descent: -209' -64 m
High: 3,380' 1,030 m
Low: 2,111' 643 m
GradeAvg Grade: 19% (11°)
Max Grade: 56% (29°)
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“Follow this switchbacking trail as it leads past a waterfall on its way to Green Lake.”— Brian Smith
Family Friendly Trail passes through old growth forest to reach Green Lake. Along the trail, view Ranger Falls.
To get the trail, follow the Carbon River Trail from the Carbon River entrance. Just over three and a half miles from the trailhead, the Green Lake Trail leaves the road at Ranger Creek. From here the trail leads through a forest of massive old-growth trees on its ascent to the lake. The trail ascends gradually at first but becomes steeper as you go. Well-built switchbacks make the ascent easier on the legs.
One mile from the trailhead is Ranger Falls, where Ranger Creek cascades over solid bedrock. Beyond the falls the trail ascends another .8 mile to Green Lake. When you pop out at the lake, you'll be greeted by its emerald waters and picturesque reflections of Mt. Rainier towering above. The lake is encapsulated by a sheer wall of old growth trees, giving it a unique feel.
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Land Manager: National Park Service - Mount Rainier National Park