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High Lakes Loop Trail is a 3.2 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Paradise Inn, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October.

Length 3.2 mi Elevation gain 557 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Forest

Lake

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Muddy

Rocky

Snow

No dogs

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    Faraway Rock

    46.77406, -121.71902

Mt. Rainier Entrance Fee

Paradise Ranger Station Tel: 360.569.2211 ext. 2314

From the Nisqually entrance on Highway 706, 15.6 miles on Longmire-Paradise Road. Right on Stevens Canyon Road for 1.7 miles to the parking area along Reflection Lakes

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Chris Goettl
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HikingMuddySnow

Caution! Do not do this trail unless you have full cell battery and downloaded trail map. As of today the trail still is 80% snow covered and super hard to follow. We got lost a few times but used the app to find our way again . We managed to do it in regular hiking shoes with my 3 teenage girls. Hard packed snow. Once snow melts a lot more, it's totally worth the hike! Increasable views, alpine lakes and alpine meadows! Thought we heard bears at two locations along the trail, did not see any. Saw no one else and there was maybe 3-4 sets of tracks we were following most of the way along with the app. We went up West side first so sun would be to our back in the evening. Made it to the look out rock on the upper East end. Ran into a couple that was quite startled. They were on their way down and heard a bear so they were headed back up when we ran into them. We decided to join efforts and head back down together and sang random songs out loud to scare off any bears. It was a great time! Coming down to the parking lot was totally clear of snow and well traveled. Recommend just going up East side to lookout point and back down this time of year. Oh and make noise to scare the bears!

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Patricia W.
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Don't do it yet. Extremely easy to get lost since the trail is covered in many feet of snow. Also, it was completely lonely today, which made getting lost several times kind of scary.

Laura F.
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Hiking

this is a beautiful hike, however there was still a ton of snow, should have brought snow shoes. we got lost a couple times and luckily someone prior in the day had trekked it and so we followed their prints, periodically finding the actual trail where the snow melted. took us just under 2 hours. I would not recommend this for anyone without a charged phone and this app unless you have done the hike and know your way around. there were multiple times we had no service. the views were amazing. this hike would be amazing in the summer months as there were many shady spots. there were times where the snow was as tall as trees.

Jennifer Kinsella
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HikingIcyMuddyOff trailSnow

Hiked this trail today. Admittedly, we clearly didn’t do enough research to know there would be snow. There was about 6+ feet of snow on 90% of the trail. We pushed forward and finished the entire trail but wouldn’t recommend it to anyone. We are not advanced hikers. Got lost several times since we could see the trail but thank goodness for a charged phone and AllTrails we made it out in just under 3 hours. 2 stars and only based on our snowy experience today. Not sure what time of year wouldn’t have any snow considering it’s at 6’+ at the end of June.

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Sarah Campagna
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Hiking

Great hike. If you take it clockwise you get the best view at the end of the hike. Which I enjoyed. Beautiful sites. I'll be doing this one again.

Jeff Nusser
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Hiking

What a cool hike! Meadows, views, mountain blueberries in abundance ... enough blueberries to attract a brown bear just a short distance from the trail. Recommend going clockwise - otherwise your best view is just about a mile in.

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Dayna Needham
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Hiking

Simply breathtaking hike! We thoroughly enjoyed our time as there were beautiful views right and left. Mount Rainer looked magnificent against the blue, green waters of Reflection Lake. It was perfect for a two to three hour hike and not very busy. We picked wild blueberries along the path - delicious. We recommend stopping at Copper Creek Inn before or after your hike for a hearty meal you won’t regret.

Kaitlynn Kleinbach
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Hiking

A quick and beautiful hike! Unreal views of mt rainier and lake Louise. Even got a peek of snow lake from the top! I would recommend going clockwise around this trail, so then you get the beautiful views of lake Louise as a sort of reward at the end. We parked in front of the reflection lakes, then went down towards the lake and walked for just a few minutes before we saw an official sign. I didn’t notice a trailhead sign from the road. The trail was in great condition, gorgeous meadows of lupine while we were there. Did this with my 11 year old niece and she did it just fine. Would definitely recommend.

Mary Rogers
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Hiking

It was a nice hike.

Judy de Barros
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Hiking

We actually did the Lakes loop trail from Paradise to Refection Lake and back up to skyline and Paradise. It was 5.5 miles and took us a bit I’ve 5 hours with stops. It was hard going back uphill but the wild flowers were amazing along with lakes and falls. Some bugs but totally worth the trip. On the recommendation of a fellow hiker we ate at Wildberry in Ashford run by a Sherpa family and had Nepalese food. Amazing day

Constantia Todman
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Kevin Murphy
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Hiking

Hiked 7/27/19. Started from Lakes Trail out of Paradise. Wildflowers in full bloom. Misty, rainy clouds made for changing views. Several piles of bear scat led to a sighting in the blueberry bushes on the side of the trail.

David Holmes
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Bugs

July 26: yes, there wre sections where the bugs got thick, but a good bug spray made the difference. We started at Narada Falls (rest rooms there), down to Wonderland, then the loop (counterclockwise), and back to the falls from the north approach. IMHO this is much better than Skyline; few people (and the ones we met were hikers, not tourists), stunning & varied, & wrapping it up along the Paradise River made for a great day. Conditions were good all around. BONUS: MUST stop @ Copper Creek Inn (2.5 mi from the gate) for blackberry pie!! ...you'll thank me later.

Erin Becker
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Hiking

We do this hike from above, starting at Fourth Crossing and coming down to Faraway Rock before heading back up towards Paradise. That makes for about a six-mile loop, with some long steady ascents and descents, but also a lot of relatively level ground. In July, this is a spectacular hike with wildflowers, meadows, rivers, tarns, and views and views and views--one of my favorite hikes in the park. It has few other people on it, even on a sunny July Saturday. Get there early for parking though. Today we saw marmots, as well as a black bear only 100 yards off the trail (right by the Paradise Visitor's Center!). Trail is in good condition, some mud patches but nothing challenging. Some mosquitos, but not bad with bug spray, especially if you keep moving. Bring lots of water.

Nicole Mapleton
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Hiking

beautiful hike through Alpine meadows and lots of wildflowers. great views no crowds early in day. not too hard to do

Greg Gray
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Kaylin Tobler
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Bridge outMuddySnow

First time on this trail today (6/16/19). First I would like to say, being what I consider a novice hiker, I would not have categorized this as an easy trail. It should be moderate at best. There was lots of melting snow on the trail still so it was very slippery and very muddy in parts. There is so much snow that at times we almost lost the trail entirely. The way the trail actually goes on the map vs. what AllTrails has recorded seem to be very different trails though they mimic the same direction. I kept getting notifications from AllTrails that I had gone off planed trail, which when you’re looking for a trail that has been snowed over makes it quite stressful. I’d like to appeal to AllTails to look into what The National Park service has already mapped out for that trail and adapt the map on the app. Also want to warn you that there is a bridge out going over the river and you have to cross by foot you’ll get a little wet but if you have waterproof boots, should be fine. Other then that it was gorgeous scenery the whole way through and beautiful views of Mount Rainier.

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Victoria Fauria
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Hiking

This was a beautiful hike. There is still a lot of snow and slush this time of the year though.

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Chris Pharo
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We went on this hike over the weekend, 6/7/19. The trail is still snowed in. You will need hiking boots and perhaps some poles to complete this hike at this time.

ric tinney
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Hiking

Nice alternate hike when the clouds sock in the mountain.

Jeff Harris
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Hiking

Nice little trail, dotted with meadows & views of Rainier. The “faraway rock” overlook alone, makes this hike worthwhile. This trail is manageable for children 8+.

Unsun S.
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Hiking

One of the best hiking for healing mind, soul and body!

John M.
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One of the best hikes in the park

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