Trail Description Distance, round-trip: 3.6 miles Elevation gain: 1000 feet Hiking time, round-trip: 2 hours Wilderness camps: No Green Lake is one of the park's most serene mountain lakes. It is surrounded by forest but offers partial views to the south of Tolmie Park. The trail leads through a forest of massive old-growth trees on its moderate ascent to the lake. One mile from the trailhead is Ranger Creek Falls. Beyond the falls the trail ascends another .8 mile to Green Lake. Along the Trail Marvel at the sight of 800-year-old Douglas fir trees between the trailhead and Ranger Falls.
Pause at the falls to enjoy their sound and beauty. Enjoy a quiet moment near the lake to absorb its magical serenity. Trailhead Location Drive into the park via the Carbon River Entrance in the northwest corner of Mount Rainier National Park. Drive three miles beyond the entrance station to the trailhead at Ranger Creek. Backpacking Camping is not permitted in the Green Lake Basin due to the lake's popularity with day hikers and its proximity to the trail. Cross country camping opportunities exist in other areas for skilled minimum impact backpackers who seek a primitive camping experience. Permits are required for camping. Permits and current trail conditions are available park-wide from Wilderness Information Centers, Ranger Stations, and Visitor Centers. Fires are prohibited. No pets on trails. Treat water before drinking.