Reflection Lakes

An moderate, 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: Moderate
  • 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 classic snow shoe route in Mount Rainier through the woods to a snow covered
Difficulty: Moderate
Sun, Jan 30, 2022
1 participant on waitlist
Registration closes Jan 28
Olympia Branch

Basic Snowshoe - Reflection Lakes

Snowshoeing Trip
Snowshoe through the forest along the lovely Paradise River to the peaceful Reflection Lakes area.
Difficulty: Moderate
Wed, Feb 2, 2022
3 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Jan 31
Tacoma Branch

Basic Snowshoe - Reflection Lakes

Snowshoeing Trip
Classic Mt. Rainier snowshoe trip. Priority given to Olympia Basic Snowshoe students until 2/5.
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Feb 12, 2022
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
4 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes Feb 10
Olympia Branch

Basic Snowshoe - Reflection Lakes

Snowshoeing Trip
A pleasant trek to an alpine lake..through the woods and over a hill.
Difficulty: Moderate
Wed, Feb 23, 2022
7 participants on waitlist 1 leader
Registration closes Feb 21
Tacoma Branch

Winter Camping - Field Trip - Reflection Lakes Loop

Snowshoeing Field trip: Winter Camping
An overnight field trip to learn and practice the new skills of winter camping
Sat, Mar 5, 2022 - Sun, Mar 6, 2022
No Prerequisites
2 participants 0 instructors
Registration closed Dec 25
Tacoma Branch
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  • Reflection & Louise Lakes
  • Reflection Lakes Loop

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