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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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Seattle, Washington, United States
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41 reviews 41 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

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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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

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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Washington State
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47 reviews 47 reviews
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32 helpful votes 32 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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Top Contributor
79 reviews 79 reviews
48 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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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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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32 reviews 32 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 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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97 helpful votes 97 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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86 helpful votes 86 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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