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 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

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
  • Default Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269S
  • Green Trails Paradise No. 270S
  • Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270
  • USGS Mt Rainier East
  • Red Marker
    46.775011, -121.746219
    46.7750111 -121.746219
  • Red Marker
    46.774139, -121.719110
    46.7741387463 -121.719109864

Upcoming Activities

Beginner Snowshoe - Reflection Lakes

Snowshoeing Trip
Slow paced beginner snowshoe winding thru forest and out to the open vistas around Reflection
Difficulty: Easy+
Mon, Feb 19, 2018
No Prerequisites
4 participants
Registration closed Feb 16
Tacoma Branch

Basic Snowshoe - Reflection Lakes

Snowshoeing Trip
Difficulty: Easy+
Sun, Feb 25, 2018
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
0 participants 0 leaders
Registration closes Feb 23
Olympia Branch
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