Reflection Lake to Narada Falls via Wonderland Trail

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Mount Rainier National Park

Reflection Lake to Narada Falls via Wonderland Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Packwood, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is best used from May until October.

Length3.0 miElevation gain751 ftRoute typeOut & back
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Mount Rainier National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55.

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Chris Law
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Was a perfect sunny day for some snowshoeing for the first time! Ice was very packed

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Chris Chiu
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Courtney Bartley
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Katrina Burgess
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Peaceful but the trail is a bit confusing at times ! Looking at the lake at sunset gives you an amazing reflection !

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Chris Ace
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Simple stroll on a well maintained path that has 2 good viewpoints. Parked at the Narada Falls and then hiked to Reflection Lake and back. Overall this was a moderate/easy hike. Reflection lake was cool, but it was windy so there was no reflection of Mt Rainier on the lake this time. Paths were well marked.

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Dan Mooney
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Very nice hike with some pretty decent hills! The view of Narada Falls is nice but you can also just park near the falls and walk down a bit to see them. Reflection Lake is gorgeous but, unfortunately, it was a little cloudy today which affected the view.

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J-O Racine
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The falls are incredible. The flowers if the loop were splendid. Beatify trail. Only down side is that there's a long stretch close to the road, and so you hear the cars.

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Tiffany A
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Maybe I'm just really weak and unfit (which I hike constantly so I don't think thats the case) but this hike was hard! I gave 1 star because I didnt know you could drive to the falls and this whole hike is completely unnecessary. Just drive, if you're looking to hike because you enjoy it save it for somewhere you cant see by car.

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Ty Ahlquist
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Ty Ahlquist
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Bill & Darcel Esser
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Awesome

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Desiree Jackson
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Great hike with my 4 kids today ages 20 months to 11 years old. Beautiful views and quiet trail. We only passed about 3 groups each direction on the trail. The busiest part of as right at the falls and from the falls up to the parking lot where we used the bathroom.

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Joseph Bae
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We started at Narada Falls. This is a well-maintained dirt path trail with a decent incline in the first 1/3 and then flat afterwards to the lake. Other than a few glimpses of Mt. Rainier there isn't too much to see on the way to the end. However, the lake was beautiful and there wasn't too many people there. It was fairly muddy and there were some patches of snow left over so wear appropriate shoes!

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Joey Barnhill
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Great little trail with wonderful massive waterfall views. Difficulty is not too hard and very pleasant nature walk as you make your way down the streams to the waterfall runoff.

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Bre G
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So pretty! Even though there were lots of people in the park this trail wasn’t crowded! The beginning of the trail from the falls to the lake was a tough switch back incline but after that it was smooth sailing!

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Jas C
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From 6/28/20: Fun trail! Started from Narada Falls & hiked to Reflection Lake. You hike to the bottom of the falls then keep left at the fork for Reflection Lake. Some switchbacks. Some snow on the Narada Falls side of the steep hill & even more snow on the Reflection Lake side. Use CAUTION when going over snow bridges. Snow is melted under some parts. We used trekking poles to help us navigate the snow parts. Muddy & would recommend hiking boots. If you lose the trail, follow the footprints but beware of thin snow bridges! Some people did hike in Nikes. Lake is beautiful & still has much snow surrounding it. We ran into a black tailed deer on the trail on the way back to Narada Falls.

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Whitney Golay
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We did this hike backwards, starting at Narada Falls and going towards reflection lake. We hit the trail around 1230pm and the sun was out! The ranger said spots needs snowshoes but we only used spikes for a small section. I want to warn people trail finding skills will be required still. The first mile is mostly snow-free but the last half was all snow and therefore the trail totally disappeared. We lost the trail twice to the lake and walked the road for part of it. The lake itself is still mostly snow covered but a small bit of water is poking out. Even on the way back we lost the trail, all while following the gps from All trails. Very few people, nice walk in nature but stressful getting lost. There are a handful of down trees that obscure the trail as well.

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Paul Corado
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Preload all your maps before going. Did this hike on 6/14, first .25 mile was easy. From then on had to climb around fallen trees and mounds of snow covering the trail. Made me feel real nimble as I finessed through. Past the last switchback going up, it was all snow. So, load your maps. Got lucky because a family left fresh snow tracks for me. So I simply tracked them. If you do get lost, listen for cars and head North to the road. Then, follow it to the lake.

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Calvin Wheeler
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I started at Narada falls and went down to the falls and to the lake, then took the high lakes trail back towards Paradise and turned back down to Narada again. Made a nice loop. Beautiful trail, deep snow, use snowshoes. Saw others with microspikes and even no traction at all and they were post-holing pretty bad. Walked in the lake.....so amazing. Not to difficult, it was my second ever snowshoe hike!

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Randi Neff
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I completed this last week ago Monday (9/30). Started at 7am and the sunrise was just creeping up on reflection lakes. The trailhead was across the road on the right just before reflection lake parking so it was a bit confusing as we were following map lol. My friend baby wore her 18month old. Nice little hike through the woods then your elevation is steep down at 1/2 way in. Didn’t realize it until going back up lol. Some snow on the trail still which made it gorgeous and peaceful. Lots of switchbacks on the steep part so kids could do this hike fine and just take breaks. Didn’t give a 5 cause you just go to the falls and it’s a lookout and I love going down by waterfalls. But I would do this hike again. Would be great in summer too!

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