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

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Beautiful views

The views of Snow Lake are absolute gorgeous. The hike itself is relatively rocky at times, but don't be discouraged because there were two older gentleman in their 70's on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed October 14, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

The views of Snow Lake are absolute gorgeous. The hike itself is relatively rocky at times, but don't be discouraged because there were two older gentleman in their 70's on the trail with us and they took their time and did just fine. We did this hike on a Thursday morning and got there around 8:45am. At that time we... More 

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Olympia, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2015 via mobile

The hike to snow lake is fairly easy on a well maintained trail. When foggy the scenery is eerie and produce some great photos with depth and contrast. Followed an elk trail and saw lots of fresh sign. Good camping sites by the lake. When sunny the views of "Big Mountain" in the background are spectacular. Will go back again... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

We did the Snow Lake / Bench Lake hike on our first afternoon in the park. As others have stated, it's not too challenging, but that's not to say there's no work involved. There are a couple spots where you do a fair bit of uphill climbing. I believe the back and forth circuit was a total of 2.5 miles... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I was visiting from Chicago and hiked this trail midday on a Saturday and there TON of people on the trail. Large groups that were hard to get by most of the time. That being said, it was the perfect difficulty and length for someone like myself who doesn't hike but isn't in terrible shape. The views were spectacular and... More 

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Boston
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

This is a relatively easy hike to a small lake in a totally stunning setting, immediately south of Mt. Rainier and with amazing views. The lake is in a high cirque with clear water and at the right time of year, stunning flowers. Marmots abound.

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Ede, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

Very nice walk to Snow Lake. Not to long and not so difficult. Perfect! The weather was nice and it was not very crowded, thank god.

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Belleville
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

My wife and I joined another couple on this hike on a Saturday morning. We got there at a reasonable time around 9 a.m. and we were able to park in the main parking lot. The hike up wasn't very crowded as most people were either still on their way up or hanging out at the lake already. The way... More 

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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 12, 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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