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Snow Lake Trail

Address: Mount Rainier National Park, WA
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Type: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Easy 1.3-mile trail offering splendid views of Mt. Rainier.
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Type: Hiking Trails, Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities
Activities: Hiking
Owner description: Easy 1.3-mile trail offering splendid views of Mt. Rainier.
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houston
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
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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137 reviews 137 reviews
25 attraction reviews
126 helpful votes 126 helpful votes
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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44 reviews 44 reviews
15 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
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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31 reviews 31 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
10 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
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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Washington State
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50 reviews 50 reviews
7 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

The Bench and Snow Lake Trail at Mt Rainier is a great morning hike. There is limited parking at the trail head, so get there early. The hike goes up and down three ridges - the first two to Bench lake and the last to Snow Lake. The trail is dusty and the biting flies are out by afternoon. There... More 

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Non-Meddler
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The trail head is located in the NE corner of a large parking lot in the Alpental Ski Area (see wta.org website). The 7 mile roundtrip trail (trailhead to Snow Lake) is located in the Mt. Baker/Snoqualmie National Forest and takes about 3 hours to complete in its entirety. We opted for a weekday in the middle of July v.... More 

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43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

This hike was very relaxing and offered beautiful views of the lake, which was still covered in melting ice. The hike was relatively easy, about the first 2/3 of the hike was flat; then the terrain became more rocky and slightly uphill - but not very challenging. There was still a little snow on parts of the trail, but it... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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195 reviews 195 reviews
83 attraction reviews
173 helpful votes 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

There were very nice views of water and mountains. There was still some snow on the trail, but we were able to manage with sneakers. It wasn't too steep.

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Soquel
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

This hike was really awesome. The trail is extremely well maintained and suitable for all. We were a group of two 50+ women and our 81 year old mother. We went during the government shutdown so we didn't have to pay to park. The only negative was that it was difficult to find the trailhead from the road as there... More 

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