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Surprise Lake

Mount Rainier Area


Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich
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4.0 miles, roundtrip


Highest Point: 4406 ft.


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Parking Pass/Entry Fee


Surprise Lake and the surrounding land is entirely on private property. The road to the lake is gated, but kept open to hikers by the property owners. To retain access to this lovely lake, please respect the private property and refrain from entering any structures you may encounter on your outing.

 The two-mile hike to Surprise Lake follows a Forest Service road for its entirety. You'll pass creeks and through forests with the occasional view of the valley before arriving at the lake. 


Surprise Lake

Map & Directions

Co-ordinates: 47.0236, -121.8609 Open map in new window


Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

Private Land

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Getting There

Head out to Highway 410, then make a left on Highway 165, just before entering the Carbon Glacier entrance to the park turn left onto NF-7810. NF-7810 is a bridge that crosses the Carbon River.

Head up the gravel road for about 3.5 miles. Park to the side of NF-7810 near NF-7840. Trail begins on the left side of the road heading up.

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