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||Near Mt Rainier
||Head out Hwy 410, left on Hwy 165, just before entering the
Carbon Glacier entrance to the park turn left and cross the Carbon River,
head up the gravel road for a couple miles and take the spur road to the
||Moderate, harder now since the bridge on the Carbon river
has washed out--word is the new bridge will be ready in late 2001.
||3585 ft elevation gain, 911 ft elevation loss
||11.6 miles round trip
||8 out of 10
||Did not try
||Printable Topo Map
Surprise Lake is a beautiful place, we went before the bridge washed
out. Even then I don't think anybody ever goes up here.
Early 1990's: we drove most of the way up on the 4x4 road, then it got to a place
were it got a little "hairy" so we parked and mountain biked the
rest of the way to the lake.
2001: you park near the
Carbon Glacier Entrance to Mt.
Rainier National Park, put on
your sandles and wade the river.
The hike consists of most hiking
up an old logging road for a few
miles. Then before you get to
Coplay Lake there is a road off
to the left. Take this road, it
is a overgrown 4x4 trail up
until you hit the creek. Then
the trail is 4 feet wide or so.
Continue on up to nearly the
roads end and you will see the
Accessibility is good at the
lake, there is one small island.
It is really nice up there, the views of Mt Rainier and the peace and
Do it again? Yes
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