Reflection Lakes

An easy, 6 mile snowshoe trip in Mount Rainier National Park with 900 feet of elevation gain. The trail takes you from the scenic Narada Falls to the peaceful Reflection Lakes and a possible trip extension to Louise 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 16 miles to the Narada Falls trailhead (4,600 ft).

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

Snowshoe Route

From Narada Falls, follow the Reflection Lakes Trail which in summer is the Paradise-Stevens Canyon Road. Return the way you came or loop back by taking the Lakes Trail and Paradise Valley Road.


  • Extend your trip by continuing on to Louise Lake to the east.

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: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 900 ft
  • 5,700 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
  • USGS Mt Rainier East
  • Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270
  • Green Trails Paradise No. 270S
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX

Upcoming Activities

Basic Snowshoe - Reflection Lakes

Snowshoeing Trip
A beautiful in the tree trip to a lovely Lake setting with Mt. Rainier in
Difficulty: Easy+
Wed, Nov 13, 2019
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
3 participants 1 leader
Registration closes Nov 11
Tacoma Branch

Basic Snowshoe - Reflection & Louise Lakes

Snowshoeing Trip
Ready for some winter fun in the snow? Pack up those leftovers and skip the
Difficulty: Easy+
Fri, Nov 29, 2019
10 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Nov 27
Tacoma Branch

Basic Snowshoe - Reflection Lakes

Snowshoeing Trip
Snowshoe to a frozen lake in Mt. Rainier National Park. Enjoy a winter wonderland trip
Difficulty: Easy+
Sat, Dec 21, 2019
6 participants on waitlist
Registration closes Dec 19
Foothills Branch

TAC MAC Snow Camp - Reflection Lakes

Youth Field trip: Mountaineers Adventure Club - Tacoma
Snow camping, igloo building, with backcountry skiing for those who desire
Difficulty: Easy/Moderate
Sat, Jan 11, 2020 - Sun, Jan 12, 2020
No Prerequisites
10 participants 1 chaperone
Registration closes Jan 9
Tacoma Branch
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  • Reflection & Louise Lakes
  • Reflection Lakes Loop

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