FS-75 to Lonesome Lake

Greenwater, Washington (Pierce County)

Last Updated: 06/03/2021
4.3 / 5 ( 21 reviews )
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Highlight: FS-75 to Lonesome Lake
Lonesome Lake is a beautiful crystal clear alpine lake that is located at the top of FR-75. The name of the lake was adopted in the winter of 1935 when a young couple that made many trips to the lake got in a huge quarrel and split up. While Johnie and Clyde were split, Clyde went to the lake where he ended up snowed in with 8 feet of snow. While sitting lonesome by the fire one night he grabbed a piece of steel heated it up and wrote the words, "Lonesome Lake" on a piece of wood and nailed it to a tree. The name took like glue and today the lake is visited by more than 4000 people per year. The incredible views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding Cascade Mountian range make this 15-mile trip well worth the time. On a clear day, there will be many opportunities to take some stunning photos of majestic Mount Rainier.

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Waypoints

1. Trailhead (0 mi)
The trail starts by taking a left at Alpine Rd E on Hwy 410, followed by an immediate right on FR-75. The trail begins in a residential area. The homeowners have requested that you keep your speed down to 5 mph. From this point, you will start your steady climb to Lonesome Lake.

Directions to Trailhead

Starting Point: Greenwater, Washington

From the town of Greenwater, start your vehicle's trip meter at the Greenwater general store and continue southeast on Highway 410 towards Mount Rainier National Park. At 1.7 miles you will see FS 70. Continue further on Hwy 410 about another two miles and on the right you will see FS 74. Turn right and go across the bridge. Continue about 1/8 mile and you will see the start of FS 75 on the right. There is a house on the right at the entrance sign. Please keep the dust down and respect the homeowners that live at the trailhead for FS 75.

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Trail Reviews (32)

Questions & Answers (3)

Q: What does partially open mean?
–dessa marie gabitoya (06/05/2021)
–Michael Graham (06/06/2021)
Q: How wide is the narrowest point in the trail? I drive a GMC Yukon.
–Michael O'Connell (06/19/2019)
–Michael Graham (06/06/2021)
–Michael Graham (07/21/2019)
Q: Is lonesome train open yet?
–Dillon (09/13/2018)
–Peter Jancola (10/01/2018)

Writer Information

Michael Graham

Mapping Crew - Washington

Michael Graham is retired from the U.S. Army as an Infantry First Sergeant with 23 years of service. He did a tour in Iraq and one in Afghanistan. He presently owns a Process Service Company in Tacoma. He is originally from Upstate New York but after being stationed in Washington knew immediately that this part of the county felt like home. He had a Jeep CJ5 as his first 4x4 but back in the 80's there wasn't a lot of hype and add-on parts as there are today. Building your rig is half the fun, making it your own style. He has actually found it to be an addiction. He lives in the Pacific Northwest, in the Tacoma / Puyallup area and loves the sport of "wheeling" which allows access to so much more than a hiking trailhead. He enjoys organized rides and poker runs and the freedom and exploration this sport allows. Finding this website and authoring trail write-ups has really enhanced this sport for him. If you are new to the sport or just looking for someone to show you the trails he would love to hear from you.
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