High Lakes Loop (winter)

An moderate snow shoe trip with an elevation gain of 900 ft. Explore Lost Lake, and enjoy views of Stevens Canyon, Lake Louise, Faraway Rock, and Reflection Lake.

Temporary Midweek Closure - Weekend Access Only

11/29/2022 Update: For the winter of 2022-23, public access to Paradise is limited to Saturdays and Sundays, weather/staff/equipment dependent. Due to staffing shortages the park does not have the capacity to maintain public access 7 day/week. See the full announcement on Mount Rainier National Park’s website.

getting there

From SR-7 in Elbe, turn east onto SR-706, both known as the National Park Highway. Continue through the Nisqually Entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. Be prepared to pay the fee just after entering the park. Drive 19 miles to Paradise.

Winter drivers in the park are required to have snow chains, and may be required to install them at Longmire.

snowshoe route

Start at Paradise or Narada Falls and head up to the Mazama Ridge Trail.  Cross over to Lost Lake and down to Faraway Rock.  With snow conditions drop down to Reflection Lake or cross along the ridge line then drop down to Reflection and back to the beginning.

Information for LEADERS

This area is used by our branches to host snow field trips and is a generally popular winter exploration area. Please check other routes/places to ensure we don't have multiple Mountaineers groups going to the same area.

  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 7.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 900 ft
  • 5,450 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Rainier National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
Map
  • USGS Mt Rainier East
  • Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270
  • Green Trails Paradise No. 270S
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Basic Snowshoe - High Lakes Loop (winter)

Snowshoeing Trip
Winter camping near Faraway Rock. We'll snowshoe from Narada Falls to Faraway Rock, set up
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Jan 7, 2023 - Sun, Jan 8, 2023
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
5 participants on waitlist
Registration closes Jan 2
Tacoma Branch

Basic Snowshoe - High Lakes Loop (winter)

Snowshoeing Trip
Two nights of winter camping near Faraway Rock. We'll snowshoe from Narada Falls to Faraway
Difficulty: Moderate
Fri, Feb 3, 2023 - Sun, Feb 5, 2023
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
0 participants
Registration closes Jan 29
Tacoma Branch
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