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.

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 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.

Notes

  • 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
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 - Reflection Lakes

Snowshoeing Trip
This is a wonderful, peaceful basic snowshoe away from the crowds at Paradise.
Difficulty: Moderate
Sun, Jan 29, 2023
Prerequisites
8 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closed Jan 27
Tacoma Branch

Basic Snowshoe - Reflection & Louise Lakes

Snowshoeing Trip
Beautiful trek with outstanding views on a clear day!
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Feb 4, 2023
Prerequisites
6 participants on waitlist 0 leaders
Registration closes Feb 2
Olympia Branch
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Titles

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  • Reflection & Louise Lakes
  • Reflection Lakes Loop
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