Mount Rainier Area -- SE - Cayuse Pass/Stevens Canyon, Day Hiking: Mt. It was an easy hike along the Owyhigh Lakes Trail from the trailhead along Highway 123. At .2 mile reach the first of several impressive waterfalls. Seattle, WA 98104. I should point out that this trip fell on Labor Day weekend, and we crossed paths with only 4 other groups during the entire trek. Nearby Hiking Trails. There are spots near the falls where you can set it up and read your book with the sound of the falls in the background. Day 3: Day hike to Deer Creek Falls and the Colorado River. View this location in Google Earth The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from April until October. Use caution … Tamanos Mountain: 2.2 miles round trip. Deer Creek Falls to Owyhigh Lakes Trail is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Paradise Inn, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The falls are not huge, and the volume of water will vary depending on the time of year, but check out the cut of the boulders that make the water appear to flow almost horizontally before pouring down to the next tier. Deer Creek Falls is accessed from the Owyhigh Lakes Trail just off Highway 123 near Cayuse Pass in Mount Rainier National Park. Rainier National Park, Washington, US From the marked trailhead along WA 123, the Owyhigh Lakes Trail descends down a well-maintained, decently graded path, with the sound of rushing water from nearby Deer Creek your constant companion. Day 4: Hike back to the Esplanade and camp. Deer Creek Reservoir is in Stark County. Would be a really nice trail moderate incline wide path, unfortunately lots of fallen trees and we hit snow 2/3 the way up. Deer Creek Falls is accessed from the Owyhigh Lakes Trail just off Highway 123 near Cayuse Pass in Mount Rainier National Park. Stop in at Swallow Falls State Park. Eastside Trail. Day 2: Hike 6 miles down to the Deer Creek Campsite and camp there. Panhandle Gap via Wonderland Trail and Summerland Trail. Multiple authors contributed to this report. Follow the Owyhigh Lakes Trail 0.4 mile (0.6 km) downhill, past Deer Creek Falls, to join the Eastside Trail. Access the Owyhigh Lakes Trail via Deer Creek Falls on this slightly longer hike than the one from the Sunrise Road. I've done the Owyhigh Lakes trail three times as a day hike and went again to explore and see if I could find a nice campsite for future backpacking trips. Tucked in the lush forests on the mountains between Nashville and Chattanooga, The Retreat at Deer Lick Falls was the first premier tiny home community developed by Oakstone Land & Capital. Deer Creek Falls to Owyhigh Lakes This is more a bear report then a trail report. Subscribe to our free email newsletter for hiking events, news, gear reviews and more. Seasonal Popularity. The general itinerary to reach Deer Creek Falls is: Day 1: Hike 4 miles on the Bill Hall Trail (North Rim) down to the Esplanade and camp for the night. The final section opens up with stretches of wildflowers and slow-growth conifers. To reach the falls, follow the Will get this done later in summer! For a … Washington Trails Association is 501(c)(3) nonprofit. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. This section of the trail ends at the Eastside trail junction where there are a few simple walk-in only campsites and a pair of footbridges crossing over small but lively creeks that provide a place for rest, contemplation, or a least a few photo ops. Hike about 0.2 mile down the Owyhigh Lakes Trail from Highway 123 to see Deer Creek cascading over 60 feet into a scenic gorge below the trail. This is a beautiful hike on a well-graded trail that begins by dropping 400' from a small turnout south of Cayuse Pass to cross a series of creeks before climbing steadily through forests and then intermittent meadows until it reaches Owyhigh Lakes. A car shuttle will be necessary – drive to Tipsoo Lake and leave a car – then drive to the Deer Creek trailhead on Highway 123. Open registration 7/30/17. Tried it in early June. 4 miles. It is really a wide spot off the road, big enough for approximately seven or eight moderately sized vehicles. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. The trailhead is found about 6 1/2 miles south of the pass, where the well graded path winds moderately down two switchbacks to viewpoints overlooking the falls. Follow the Owyhigh Lakes Trail 0.4 mile (0.6 km) downhill, past Deer Creek Falls, to join the . Summary: PEAK WILDFLOWERS, overgrown in places but easy to find trail, bears present, and relative solitude for MRNP. Once at the lakes, visitors can enjoy more staggering views of the Chimneys and relax near the lake before heading back the way they came. Our tax identification number is EIN 91-0900134. It's 10 miles and 2,200 feet of elevation gain round trip.https://www.mountaineers.org/activities/routes-places/deer-creek-falls-to-owyhigh … 10.2miles/2,200 elevation gain. Owyhigh Lakes Trail: Park on SR 123 at . Six large blowdowns blocking trail but easily navigated. Be sure to note the curious 4-to-6 inch pine cones littering the forest floor and look something like a fat mice. The lake covers 314 acres of fishing water with 8 miles of shoreline. It was the second falls that my son Justin and I stopped at early one morning this past August. If you have a hammock, definitely bring it with you. Elevation gain of 2,515 feet and loss of 2,038 feet. Contributions to WTA are tax deductible, and we are committed to making the best use of every donation to our mission. Wander down and around the couple of well-maintained switchback paths and marvel at the ancient and enormous Douglas fir trees, as well as the hemlock and cedar trees that thrive in the shadow of Mount Rainier. Wonderland Trail to Camp Summerland and Lake, Pacific Crest Trail: Chinook Pass to White Pass, Crystal Lake via Sourdough gap and Sheep Lake, Wonderland Trail: Summerland, Indian Bar, Cowlitz Divide, Wonderland Trail: Panhandle Gap and Sarvant Glacier. We made a backpacking trip of this - starting and ending at Deer Creek camp with night #2 down by Owyhigh Lake. A quarter of a mile down is the first viewpoint of Deer Creek Falls. Show more Show less. Preference to Oly CHS participants through 7/29. You can improve or add to this guidebook entry, Washington Trails Association 4 miles. This resulted in a hefty fine from the rangers. From a precipitous (use caution) overlook, peer down on 60-plus foot Deer Creek Falls crashing down a tight rocky cleft. From Deer Creek, a trail (0.4 miles) connects to SR 123 where a second vehicle can be parked. the small roadside pulloff about 200 feet (61 m) south of the trailhead. It starts out with a slow, steady incline from Deer Creek for about 2 miles in mature cedar and hemlock. 1. From Enumclaw take Highway 410 about 47 miles east to the SR 123 junction where you will veer right into the valley. The hike up contains almost zero decline, which made for a slow, winded trek. Deer Creek Falls to Owyhigh LakesA seldom done, moderate hike that takes you past a couple of waterfalls, climbs through lush old forest, and leads to nice views above a wooded lake basin in Mount Rainier National Park. With an abundance of hiking trails leading to the roaring falls, it’s never been easier to reconnect with nature without leaving the comforts of home away from home. The hike is described here: https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/deer-creek-falls-to-owyhigh-lakes Use caution when viewing the falls from the brink of the gorge. It is really a wide spot off the road, big enough for approximately seven or eight moderately sized vehicles. The trailhead is on the right and the small parking area is on the left. The trailhead is on the right and the small parking area is on the left. Mount Tahoma had huge flooding in November 2006 and afterwards I had been able to do a lot of off-trail using the scoured sides of rivers and other terrain to travel. Deer Creek Campground's proximity to the Kaiser Wilderness offers the chance to explore a wide network of hiking trails. Access the Deer Creek Falls trail via the Owyhigh Trailhead marker 4.8 miles south. Deer Creek Falls. 6 miles. Lowest elevation is 2,905 feet on Owyhigh Lakes Trail. Stafford Falls. This wilderness area is known for its scenic alpine and meadow views. Elevation at the Deer Creek trailhead is 3,250 feet, highest point is at 5,350 feet. Caution: Weather and road conditions can change in an instant. Flowers were out, trail was clear of snow up until the lakes where there were small patches. 6 miles. Owyhigh Lakes Trail: Park on SR 123 at the small roadside pulloff about 200 feet (61 m) south of the trailhead. 2. Grove of the Patriarchs/ There are so many spots up near the falls where you can hang out and relax. For the most recent road and trail conditions, contact the Forest Service’s Almanor Ranger District at (530) 258-2141. Deer Creek to Owyhigh Lakes Trail. Deer Creek Falls, Mt. The trail runs alongside Deer Creek and offers multiple vantage points of the falls. From a precipitous (use caution) overlook, peer down on 60-plus foot Deer Creek Falls crashing down a tight rocky cleft. Parking is off the shoulder of the highway. Rainier National Park Trails (Nelson & Bauer - Mountaineers Books). The trail immediately descends and disappears from the road into the forest valley. Well maintained. Deer Creek Lake is located in Fayette County, Ohio. Saw no blowdowns or other obstacles on trail. The 16.6-mile round trip hike to Ohanapecosh Falls is too long for many day hikers; we suggest a shorter hike (5.36 miles one-way) by starting at Tipsoo Lake and turning around at Deer Creek Falls. Soon reach the first of several impressive waterfalls. Still made it to the bowl but no lakeside views. The hike down got to my calves for the same reason. picnic area, 0.5 mile (0.8 km) west of Chinook Pass on SR 410. At the top, you’ll enjoy a stunning view of Deep Creek Lake and its surrounding fall foliage. Tipsoo Lake: Park at the Tipsoo Lake . You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55. Hike by WTA Community: It is really a wide spot off the road, big enough for approximately seven or eight moderately sized vehicles. Owyhigh Lakes: 8 miles one way. The other ends of the Owyhigh Lakes Trail and Eastside Trail are both inside of Park entrance gates (White River entrance and Stevens Canyon entrance, respectively), but not this trailhead. Half a mile before achieving the lakes, you'll be rewarded with majestic views from Owyhigh Pass, which gives you a birds-eye view of the lakes, as well as Governors Ridge, the Cowlitz Chimneys, and Tamanos Mountain. The second portion features similar scenery, with the addition of some creek crossings and glimpses of alpine meadows and berry patches, but consists mostly of switchbacks. Tipsoo Lake: Park at the Tipsoo Lake picnic area, 0.5 mile (0.8 km) west of Chinook Pass on SR 410. This end of the Owyhigh Lakes Trail follows Deer Creek down to where it merges into Chinook Creek, and where the trail intersects the Eastside Trail. When you first sight the lakes thru the trees I was examining and photographing a tree with scratchings at the base wondering if it was the cubs or bobcat. The trail continues another quarter-mile, providing another falls vantage point where you can see it tumble into the Chinook Creek. This punchbowl waterfall drops about 30 feet on Chinook Creek. Always check with the managing agency before embarking on a trip. Exactly 5 miles each way. Clear trail! 705 2nd Ave, Suite 300 It is approximately 55 feet deep at its deepest point. Owyhigh Lakes is another 2.5 miles beyond that (about five miles from the trailhead). Deer Creek Trailhead to Owyhigh Lakes Out and Back. Bonus! https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/sourdough-gap-past-sheep- The hike can be summarized in three parts. This trail goes by Sydney Falls. DIFFICULT 8.6 mi. Sights to See. Continuing on another 1.5 miles, hikers can investigate another waterfall on Kotsuck Creek. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. For more leaf-peeping, take to the trails at any one of the seven state parks surrounding Deep Creek Lake. Snowing at the turn off from 410 to 123 so that should’ve been a sign. https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/washington/ohanapecosh-and-stafford- This is a trail report starting from State Route 123 past Deer Creek Falls up to Owyhigh Lakes, camping at Tamanos Creek Camp, then returning the way we came. Hike up to the Thayerville Fire Tower in Deep Creek Lake State Park. Viewing Location: Hike about 0.2 mile down the Owyhigh Lakes Trail from State Route 123 to see Deer Creek Falls below the trail. It is within Ohio Division of Wildlife District Three. Elevation Profile. Nice gradual ascent, Nice trail through the forest up to the lakes. Mount Rainier Eastside Trail is a 7.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Packwood, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trailhead is found about 6 1/2 miles south of the pass, where the well graded path winds moderately down two switchbacks to viewpoints overlooking the falls. Length 9.3 mi Elevation gain 2,860 ft Route type Out & Back. Via tight switchbacks the trail steeply loses elevation. Starting from the eastern trailhead for the Owyhigh Lakes, enter thick forest and immediately begin descending. Do not camp at Owyhigh. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. The elevation levels out for the last 1.5 miles or so, allowing you to appreciate the increasingly stunning views which climax at Owyhigh. It deserves the "difficult" rating if you're carrying a 40 pound pack. Owyhigh Lakes. Mount Rainier National Park charges a fee to enter. Located nearby is the Billy Creek Guard Station museum, providing historical overviews on Huntington Lake, Native Americans and the Forest Service. P.S. The trailhead is on the right and the small parking area is on the left. We arrived at the MRNP Longmire Wilderness Information Center after waiting in a long line … Starting from the eastern trailhead for the Owyhigh Lakes, enter thick forest and immediately begin descending. This lake is 1,277 acres in size. Honestly didn’t feel like pushing with snow gear today since weather was poor. This trailhead is marked on the right of southbound Highway 123, across the street from the parking area. The Deer Creek Trail proceeds downstream into the Ishi Wilderness from the parking area. Access the Deer Creek Falls trail via the Owyhigh Trailhead marker 4.8 miles south. This is Deer Creek Falls in Mount Rainier National Park. We set up there due to dry creeks at Tamanos. Deer Creek Falls to Owyhigh Lakes Trail is a 9.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Paradise Inn, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. According to legend, these lakes were named after Yakima Chief "Owhi," who loaned horses to Theodore Winthrop (after whom the Winthrop Glacier was named), when Winthrop was on a trek across the cascades in the mid-1850s. Only got a mile and a half in before a pretty good incline was covered in snow. At this trail junction, continue straight on the East Side Trail (the trail to the right crosses Deer Creek and proceeds to Owyhigh Lakes). Deer Creek Falls is awesome. I'd love to go back in August. Access the Deer Creek Falls trail via the Owyhigh Trailhead marker 4.8 miles south. Quickly cross the road (watch for traffic, it’s a busy road on a blind corner) to the marker and you will finally see the trailhead, which is mostly invisible from the road due to brush and low hanging tree branches. Multiple authors contributed to this report. Owyhigh Lakes Trailhead elevation is 3,740 feet. Tipsoo Lake Loop via Naches Peak Loop Trail and Pacific Crest Trail. 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