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

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Gem of a Lake!! Great Hike!

Stunning up and down and up and down trail. Hiking sticks help a lot. As they help on most of the trails at Paradise. The Snow Lake is stunning...set in a cirque....stayed and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 22, 2015
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Mill Valley, California

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Mill Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

Stunning up and down and up and down trail. Hiking sticks help a lot. As they help on most of the trails at Paradise. The Snow Lake is stunning...set in a cirque....stayed and ate lunch there and loved it. You pass Bench Lake on the way. On the way back you will have stunning views of the mountain if it... More 

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Belmont, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

A short drive from Paradise, the trail to Snow Lake offers beautiful lake and mountain views and plenty of time to warm up leg muscles on an up and down trail through brush and open meadows. Walking sticks would be handy here and elsewhere on Mt. Rainier's steep and uneven trails.

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Seattle
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015

The hike is about an hour out of Seattle and can be very busy during the few months the lake is accessible. With the warm weather the last year or so, it's opened up the trail longer but increased the number of hikers! It's a steady climb up ~1800 ft over a fair number of rocks and boulders so stepping... More 

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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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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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