Snow Lake Trail

Snow Lake Trail, Mount Rainier National Park: Address, Snow Lake Trail Reviews: 4.5/5

Snow Lake Trail
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Easy 1.3-mile trail offering splendid views of Mt. Rainier.
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Pagew2000
Michigan64 contributions
Beautiful lake, nice hiking
Aug 2019
We only have one day to visit Mt Rainier, so we did paradise loop and the snow lake trail.

The trail is not easy nor short, moderate for us. It's about 1mile one way, and going uphill. But the lake is beautiful and worth all the effort. On the way there, there is another lake which we didn't stop, just directly went to the snow lake. There were only a few people there, quiet and peaceful.
Written October 10, 2019
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Going_Places_7
Seattle, WA70 contributions
Thoroughly enjoyed this hike
Aug 2019
Easy to moderate hike, with another long uphill stretch for the last 500 yards or so. Beautiful, changing sceneries, passing through forest and meadows and oftentimes with a view of Mt. Rainier. There is another lake on the way that can be seen but not reached. Snowlake is lake is clear and cold, and while the official path ends a quarter around the lake, you can hike much further for a view across the lake to Mt. Rainier. Just keep in mind: plants grow by the inch but die by the foot. Several people I encountered on my way back were unaware of that.

I just wanted to go up, take a look and return but ended up staying for hours, soaking in the scenery, the sun and watching two marmots foraging for food.

It is a rather popular hike and I got the last of the 12 or so official parking spots at 9:30am on a sunny Sunday morning. When I came back in the afternoon, cars were parked on the site of the road on both sides of it.

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Written August 27, 2019
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shreejan s
Seattle, WA3 contributions
Short hike but beautiful
Jul 2019
Very good place to visit. Not so intense hiking and you can go with family.even with the small kids.
Beautiful scenery.
Written August 6, 2019
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hungryhokie
Virginia272 contributions
Great Views On The Way Up
Jun 2019 • Friends
So many great vantage points on the way up. And of course the finale of the lake at the end. In total the hike is around 7.2 miles. Very doable for people who are moderately in shape.
Written June 25, 2019
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stephen g
NYC254 contributions
Lots of Elevation Change
Oct 2018 • Couples
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 beautiful. If the weather cooperates, you can get some nice reflections and views.

Along the beginning part, right after the first elevation gain you'll walk through a field of blueberries. Depending on the season they may be ready to pick. Be on the look out for bears though, because this is their food of choice!
Written October 26, 2018
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Will T
Seattle, WA44 contributions
Long Hike with Great Views
Oct 2018 • Friends
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 about 3.5 hours roundtrip. We were unlucky that it snowed a bunch and the top of the hill there was a lot of snow and it was cold, but otherwise great hike recommend it completely.
Written October 19, 2018
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Mayandollar
Stateline, NV147 contributions
Fall colors spectacular!
Sep 2018 • Family
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 awed by the beauty.
Written September 27, 2018
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Raul R
Anchorage, AK107 contributions
Good Hike
Aug 2018 • Couples
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.

Written August 12, 2018
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cptrph
Eugene, OR108 contributions
Awesome with terrific views
Aug 2018 • Solo
Easy hike... lots of up and down... I'm 67 and had no problems, except for the bugs... do take along the Off
Written August 9, 2018
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Galina Z
New York City, NY38 contributions
Beautiful lake - picture perfect!
Jul 2017 • Family
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 pretty! The water is still, and the mountains reflect in the perfectly still water - amazing!
We were passing by the trail head a few days later, and around 11am the parking lot was full of cars - so definitely worth either spending the night at the lake (the campground has bear pole and a bathroom) or going early in the morning
Written July 27, 2017
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