Day Hike - High Lakes Loop


Day Hike - High Lakes Loop

Leisurely photography-based hike with views of Reflection and Louise Lakes as well as Mt. Rainier. Photographers of all skills welcome!

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  • Easy+
  • Casual
  • Mileage: 7.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 900 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph with frequent stops

Meet at the parking lot near Reflection Lake and the Wonderland Trail entrance at 7:00amThere are two small parking lots, so get there early! Look for my white Chrysler Seabring, plate #ASU-2430.

We will be hiking in a clockwise direction, stopping to take photos of the lakes and Mt. Rainier along the way. There may be some avalanche lilies present.

Here is a map of the trail loop we will be hiking.


We should be finished by noon - option to have lunch in Longmire.

Note: I will be spending Saturday night at the Ohanapecosh campground near the eastern entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park.

Photos from trail:






High Lakes Loop (winter)

  • USGS Mt Rainier East

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Paradise No. 270S

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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