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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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Pretty Lake trail in Rainier NP

I saw some photos of this Lake that were spectacular, but after hiking there myself I think some of the best views are on the way to the Lake! There are rock outcroppings that... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
shellychristmannaz
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Nazareth, Pennsylvania

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Nazareth, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I saw some photos of this Lake that were spectacular, but after hiking there myself I think some of the best views are on the way to the Lake! There are rock outcroppings that give you great mountain views at points along the trail, and just after the trail head you have great mountain views with small waterfalls the entire... More 

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Allentown, Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

The trail to the lake was still covered by snow and not accessible to people who do not have proper gear.

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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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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 112 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
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 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 282 helpful votes
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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