High Lakes Loop (winter)

An moderately easy 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.

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: Easy+
  • Length: 7.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 900 ft
  • 5,450 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Rainier National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Default Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269S
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  • USGS Mt Rainier East
  • Red Marker
    46.775268, -121.746312
    46.7752676441 -121.746312064
  • Red Marker
    46.774188, -121.719182
    46.7741881397 -121.719182333

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