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Lots of Elevation Change

Be prepared for elevation changes on this hike! It's nothing overly strenuous, and it's nicely... read more

Reviewed October 25, 2018
stephen g
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NYC
Long Hike with Great Views

This hike was extremely packed, but if you are able to focus and enjoy the scenery it is so... read more

Reviewed October 19, 2018
Will T
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Easy 1.3-mile trail offering splendid views of Mt. Rainier.
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Mount Rainier National Park, WA
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Reviewed October 25, 2018

Be prepared for elevation changes on this hike! It's nothing overly strenuous, and it's nicely separated over the length of the trail, but there's a good amount of up and down on the trail, especially on the ends. The Lake at the end though is...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 19, 2018

This hike was extremely packed, but if you are able to focus and enjoy the scenery it is so beautiful. I went with a group of friends in October and saw some amazing views at midday. We went very fast up and it took us...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 27, 2018 via mobile

Very few people on a weekday in this lovely short hike. A true alpine lake full of trout, turquoise blue and so clear. Perfect sunny day helped. Easy access to both lakes ( Bench and Snow) if wearing hiking boots. Bring a picnic. We were...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 12, 2018 via mobile

Good hike for anyone who can walk. There are some areas that can be difficult to small children or people with mobility issues. Great views. The lake is worth walking to. I wish I had brought camping gear to spend the night.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 9, 2018

Easy hike... lots of up and down... I'm 67 and had no problems, except for the bugs... do take along the Off

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 27, 2017

The trail to the lake is just a little above 1 mile long, it is quite a climb up the hill, but the beautiful lake is definitely worth it! We camped there, and were alone for the night - it was very calm, and so...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed July 10, 2017

We hiked there on the 4th of July to avoid crowds in the city. Unfortunately we underestimated the difficulty of this hike--there are really many steep ups and downs on the way and we did not feel it was suitable for kids unless they are...More

Date of experience: July 2017
4  Thank Alyunay422
Reviewed May 20, 2017

We didn't go down to Bench Lake but went all the way to Snow Lake. The hike itself is okay, fun but nothing spectacular. However, Snow Lake is very pretty and is definitely worth the hike. The water is exquisitely blue. The hike is not...More

Date of experience: July 2016
3  Thank Jane K
Reviewed September 7, 2016

After visiting Reflection Lakes, we hiked up to Snow Lake. The lake itself is very nice, but the immediate viewing area at the top is rather small. There was one small stream to cross, and the overall elevation was around 700 feet. There is a...More

Date of experience: August 2016
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Reviewed September 6, 2016 via mobile

This is not an easy hike but the lake is so beautiful that it was worth the hike out there. The water is turquoise and so pretty. There is a smaller lake that you hike by before you get to your destination but the trail...More

Date of experience: August 2016
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Emily D
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Crowds and weather (3 Replies)
My husband, our son (he will be 9-weeks old) and I are making a quick trip to Seattle the weekend of Sept 22-25. We will be flying in Thursday night, and plan on spending one day in Seattle and one day in MRNP before flying home Sunday afternoon. 1. Having read about the summer congestion, but given that it'll be late September, should we spend Friday or Saturday in the park? We are flexible and, either way, we plan on getting an early start from Seattle (not a problem with a baby), but...More
September 08, 2016|
Response fromglaciermeadows|
most likely it will be cool by then especially st that elevation. It it is wet I would think twice. I am going to refrain from giving advise about any hikes in the mountains with a baby that young. That is your call that time of year it should not be that crowded. This would be my reasoning. First look at the forecast . Weather here especially in the mountains can change dramatically one day to the next especially that time of year in terms of rain. If the weather is nice you will definately...More