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Trail

17.8 mile 28.7 kilometer out and back
Singletrack
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 4,505' 1,373 m
Descent: -4,504' -1,373 m
High: 5,966' 1,818 m
Low: 2,904' 885 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 10% (5°)
Max Grade: 43% (23°)

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Trail shared by Tom Robson

A lengthy hike to a beautiful high meadow with especially excellent sunset views.

Tom Robson

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

Fires are prohibited. No pets on trails. Treat water before drinking.

Overview

This high meadow is a favorite for many hikers. It is surmised that the name Klapatche is of Indian origin but the exact meaning has been lost.

When the rest of the park is socked-in with clouds, this hike's high meadow is generally above the cloudy fray.

Need to Know

The campsites at Klapatche Park are some of the most popular in the park and are often full on summer weekend nights. The camp is in the forest along the edge of the meadow just north of Aurora Lake. When Aurora Lake dries up in summer, St. Andrews Lake, located 0.75 mile east along the Wonderland Trail, is the closest water source. Permits are required for camping. Permits and current trail conditions are available park-wide from wilderness information centers, ranger stations, and visitor centers.

Description

One mile east of the Nisqually Entrance is the Westside Road junction. Turn here and continue up the Westside Road to where it ends (approximately 3 miles from the start of the road). Hike up the closed portion of the road to the trailhead (approximately 4 miles) at South Puyallup River Trail.

The trail follows the South Puyallup River 1.8 miles to the junction with the Wonderland Trail. Take the Wonderland Trail north 3.9 miles, climbing a series of steep switchbacks to reach St. Andrews Park and then on to Klaptache Park.

Flora & Fauna

Klapatche Park features a serene mountain lake, meadows abundant with subalpine wildflowers, and grand views of Mount Rainier.

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