Winter Camping Field Trip - Reflection Lakes

Field trip: Winter Camping Course - Foothills

Winter Camping Field Trip - Reflection Lakes

This is the skier-friendly field trip - use either snowshoes or skis/splitboard. Practice winter camping skills, try out gear, learn hands-on about how to be safe and comfortable camping in the backcountry in winter conditions.

  • Sat, Mar 16, 2024 — Sun, Mar 17, 2024
  • Foothills Snowshoeing Committee
  • Snowshoeing
  • Basic
  • Adults
  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 900 ft
  • Pace: 1-2 mph

Longmire ranger station, 8:00am. Tire chains are required by Mt. Rainier National Park. Park entrance fee or America the Beautiful parks pass required. 

Field trip may be canceled, rescheduled or relocated due to weather and conditions. The park does not guarantee that the road will be open.

If parking is an issue at the Narada Falls trailhead we will relocate to the Paradise area.
Practice skills discussed in the winter camping lecture, including:

  • site selection
  • how to set up a winter camp
  • cooking food
  • gathering water
  • getting around in winter
  • construction of emergency shelters 

Reflection Lakes

  • USGS Mt Rainier East

    Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270

    Green Trails Paradise No. 270S

    Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
  • See full route/place details.
Required Equipment

Required Equipment


  • 10 Essentials
  • Snowshoes, poles
  • Backpacking pack
  • Sleeping pad
  • Sleeping bag

Group Gear (we will discuss this)

  • Backpacking stove
  • Tent
  • bear canisters - required by the park and can be borrowed for free from the park rangers 
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