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Address: Mount Rainier National Park, WA
Activities: Hiking
Description: Easy 1.3-mile trail offering splendid views of Mt. Rainier.

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Moderate hike with beautiful scenery

Let me preface by saying that I am NOT a hiker, so when my photographer friends wanted to hike this trail I was hesitant. Most of the reviews I read were pretty spot on. For... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 12, 2015
AnnieCaton
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Renton, Washington

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Renton, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

Let me preface by saying that I am NOT a hiker, so when my photographer friends wanted to hike this trail I was hesitant. Most of the reviews I read were pretty spot on. For someone who is in good shape this is definitely a beginner hike. However, as someone who is not in the best shape it feels like... More 

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Ashford, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2015

I run a vacation cabin business at Mt. Rainier. I have hiked to Snow lake with my four kids several times. This is the perfect hike for families. The end at Snow Lake is a great spot to wade in or even take a dip. Water is icy cold, since it is glacial, so a hot day is the best.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

Just a great hike through the Rocky Mountains. Starts off pretty easy, with soil and some rocks on the path and a couple of wooden steps to get you going up the mountain. Careful to wear appropriate shoes on this hike, there are a lot of steep drop offs, and about 70% of the hike is jagged rocks. Fun for... More 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

45 minutes from seattle this hike is perfect beginner/intermediate hike. This hike is my current favorite as it has a lake at its end which is breath taking. It is glacial so very cold swim but there's a couple cliffs to make getting in a little more exciting. I would highly suggest not just stopping at snow lake as Gem... More 

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Wellington, New Zealand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

Pretty walk up and down hills, nothing to strenuous. Great views of Mt Rainier along with the 2 lakes. Bench lake is .7 miles from the road and is a small lake and Snow lake is further up past the beautiful alpine meadows filled with sweet smelling flowers. Snow lake is beautiful and very clear and deep. Be warned -... More 

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houston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

With a tip from the park ranger, we went to this trail and saw the most impressive wildflower display in the meadow, which was definitely the highlight of our visit to the park. The Bench Lake viewpoint might have been blocked by overgrown vegetation, as I couldn't get a good view from it. The Snow Lake is a quiet small... More 

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Auburn, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

I've got to disagree with some other reviewers as to just how 'easy' this is and I say that as a caution to older hikers. I've been to Snow Lake four times now, most recently in early Oct. with my soon to be 8 year old granddaughter. We had a blast. In my younger days, (I'm 63), I carried our... More 

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Seattle, Washington, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

Great photo opportunities. Fun hike- not too long or too short. Took an amazing photo of Mt. Rainier reflecting in Bench Lake, which you reach first. Keep going to Snow Lake, it's just up the hill and is a beautiful aquamarine green. We saw tadpoles and fish in the very clear water.

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Bremerton, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

If you're in the mood for the outdoors, fantastic views and not a lot of people at Mt. Rainier National Park, the Bench and Snow Lakes Trail is a definite must see. The trail leads to two beautiful lakes. After hiking up, down and up again through The Bench (area between two ridges with fantastic views), at 0.7 miles reach... More 

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Sunnyvale, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

If you are visiting Rainier in summer, I think there are better trails than this. The lakes were beautiful certainly but when you do reach them, there is not much of a good spot to stay and enjoy the view.

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