Shadow Lakes Trail is a 2.7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Packwood, WA that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from April until October.
Mount Rainier National Park 55210 238th Avenue East Ashford, Washington 98304-9751 (360)-569-6501
Easy hike with some great views!
It was so beautiful, the views are incredible.
The trail is pretty easy, it does have some ups and downs but they are very mild. Plenty of wild flowers when we went, lots of break out areas to see huge patches of flowers. Saw more than a few kids on it, so it is even good for families.
The lake is small, but really pretty as you hook around it. Nice and calm, good place to take a break before returning.
You can return back on the same trail, or take a service road back. The service road is smooth and an easy return if you are looking for a quick return. It isn't as pretty, but you do get good views of the rest of the mountain.