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Snow Lake Trail

Mount Rainier National Park, WA
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Type: Hiking Trails
Activities: Hiking
Description: Easy 1.3-mile trail offering splendid views of Mt. Rainier.
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Non-Meddler
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

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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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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164 helpful votes 164 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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8 helpful votes 8 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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Kennewick, Washington
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66 attraction reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013

Go in late fall after the crowds are gone. A fine layer of snow is the cat's meow. Can be very muddy when it first opens in the season. It is high up. Pretty easy hike though.

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oosterzele
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58 reviews 58 reviews
42 attraction reviews
80 helpful votes 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

This trail has a small parking lot and the walk takes 2.00 h if you spend somt time at Snow lake. it passes 3 (small) ridges with only an elevation of together 240 m. so it's easy. Do not descend to the Bench lake, the view of the main trail is the best. Some snow until end of July on... More

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Bellevue, Washington
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2012

This is a trail near Snoqualmie pass that is definitely worth a journey. It is moderate and popular but long, so you won't feel crowded. Go on August-September weekdays and start early. Pack a picnic for the lake. Kids about 8 and up can do this hike if healthy. Check on trails.com for conditions, as this trail does have a... More

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Seattle, Washington
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45 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

We hiked this trail in August with our 3 girls (9,8,3). It is about 2.5 miles round trip. The hike is a moderate one, but perfect for families. One of those trails that seemed uphill both ways! :) There are quite a few stairs, but a great trail. Our 3 year old was able to do the entire trail herself,... More

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Post Falls, Idaho, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2012

This was a good hike to take with the family. It was relatively short. About three miles round trip. The view when we got there was well worth it. The kids had a blast playing on the snow in July. The many up and down stairs steps were definitely a work out especially for my husband who was carrying our... More

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Ashford, Washington, United States
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2012

One of the purest lakes I've ever seen. I've been there many times

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