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Trip Report

Green Lake

Mount Rainier Area

Trip Report By

WTA Member


Hiked Jan 22, 2020

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Minor obstacles posing few problems


Road suitable for all vehicles


No bugs


Trail snow-covered at times - gear and expertise recommended

Busting the rain and happy to be outdoors we more or less product tested every piece of rain gear we had purchased, today. We also brought micro spikes, snowshoes and poles.

After a short trek up icy road conditions on the Carbon River we opted for Ranger Falls and Green Lake. What started as rain, began to pour about 2,500 ft and 7 miles in.

As conditions warmed the icy trail and road became slush over hard ice and could make for hazardous walking without poles.

Lesson learned: Always carry a plastic emergency poncho, as part of your 10 essentials +1. (I wonder why it isn't a necessity in Washington.) Some of my oldest gear performed best such as old over the boot zip pants, and Emergency Poncho should be renamed Necessary Poncho. Get one!

Reassess your gear this time of year. If you plan to be outdoors in now and into the early spring. Always check in with rangers for any hazards and changes in trail conditions, they are super helpful and nice when they know they won't need to give you a rescue.

Take extra clothes, food, and let family and friends know before you go.

Leave no trace.

I made a cool video if you want to.

Garmin report is below.