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Eunice Lake and Tolmie Peak Lookout offer spectacular views of Mount Rainier and surrounding areas.


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1.7

Miles

2.7

KM

Point to Point

5,915' 1,803 m

High

4,895' 1,492 m

Low

1,019' 311 m

Up

204' 62 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

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Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly The trail passes through the forest to Eunice Lake, then climbs to the Tolmie Peak fire lookout for views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding areas.

Description

To access the Tolmie Peak Trail, take the Wonderland Trail from the south side of Mowich Lake. The trail contours around the mountain's southern flank below Lake Eunice before ascending steeply through a series of switchbacks. The trail ascends through gradually thinning coniferous forest. After about a half-mile, the trail levels out as it emerges at Lake Eunice. Take a few moments to enjoy the lake's pristine, picturesque waters as well as the craggy slopes above the lake. Some will choose to turn around here, but the trail continues to the summit of Tolmie Peak.

The last mile from Eunice Lake to Tolmie Peak Lookout is steep, but well worth the effort! Views of the lake below and Mt. Rainier to the south abound as you hike uphill. After a final switchback, the trail trends eastward and the grade lessens. At the summit, prepare to be awestricken by panoramic views of the pristine, lush surroundings.

Flora & Fauna

The subalpine meadows and shore around Eunice Lake are easily damaged. Try to minimize your impact on this delicate environment by hiking only on the constructed trails and resting or picnicking on rocks near the trail.

Contacts

Shared By:

Brian Smith with improvements by Tilman Giese

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Mt. Rainier and Eunice Lake From Tolmie Peak Lookout Tower
Dec 30, 2018 near Buckley, WA
Experience wildflower scents for days along the Tolmie Peak Trail.
Feb 3, 2017 near Buckley, WA
This is from Tolmie Peak in MRNP. This fire lookout is located in the NW corner of the park and overlooks Eunice and Mowich Lake as well as Ipsut Pass and Spray Park.
Jul 23, 2023 near Buckley, WA
Just past the Tolmie Peak Fire Lookout at the top of Tolmie Peak - use extreme caution here, beware of very steep drop-offs.
Aug 17, 2016 near Buckley, WA
Mt. Rainier from Tolmie Peak Lookout with Eunice Lake visible in the forefront
Jul 28, 2017 near Buckley, WA
You catch a glimpse of Mt. Rainier from the Tolmie Peak Trail as it goes by Eunice Lake
Jul 28, 2017 near Buckley, WA

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