Golden Lake Trail in Mount Rainier is either an epic day hike or backpacking trip. The trail is long but its tremendous scenery make every switchback step well worth it. The park service says "enjoy the hike through old growth forest to the South Mowich River, before reaching Golden Lakes. A historic Patrol Cabin still stands near the trail at Golden Lakes. Some of the campsites at Golden Lakes provide good views and easy access to the lakes. 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." Mount Rainier has plenty of camping available. Cougar Rock Campground is located in the southwest section of the park, Ohanapecosh Campground is in the southeast, White River is in the northeast section and Mowich Lake is a small tent only campground in the northwest section of Mount Rainier.
Entrance, Camping and Backcountry Fees
Contact: Mount Rainier National Park 55210 238th Ave East Ashford, WA 98304
Mount Rainier Trails