Explore the most popular lake trails near Paradise Inn with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
3 days ago

Beautiful Hike today

This hike was beautiful!! Lots of flowers, little frogs butterflies. Majestic view of Mt. Rainer. One of my favorites!

I hiked this yesterday and it was definitely beautiful. I never got tired of the views. Also, it is a short hike. The whole thing took about an hour and a half with lots of breaks.
I feel like the elevation listed here might be inaccurate because we had to take a lot of breaks and it felt steep. The way there is a little steep. However, I am pretty out of shape and it only took us 50 minutes to reach the lake.
The other issue was BUGS. The flies are miserable. When you are moving they are just a minor problem but as soon as we stopped to take a break they swarmed us. I didn't actually get bit by any, but I had to constantly swat at them. The mosquitos were pretty bad by the shady part of the lake as well.

Beautiful hike. Would love to go back and swim and be more prepared for the bugs. :)

was an amazing day of adventure. Trails were clear and scenic in every view. Really Loved It.

10 days ago

One of the best hikes in the park

I have been on a lot of pretty trails and this one was just plain hard. Lots of steps and tons of flys. The view was nice but you could not get to the lake like I thought you could. It was not long but took a while because of all the steps but if you stopped flys were all over you BAD. So if steps are hard for you this is not a good trail for you.

Spectacular view of tatooish ridge. Hiked in late July - got swarmed with biting horse flies. Wife and kids were less impressed than I was.

Started at Reflection Lake to Narada Falls. Nice hike, ascends and descends both ways. Lots of bugs so bring some bug spray. There was a small patch of snow near Ruby Falls that kids were able to play in. Park is very crowded especially at Henry M Jackson Visitor center....waited an hour to get in park...got to entrance at 11am. This is a nice option for a family hike that is further from the crowds..took us about 3 hrs to 4 hrs...but we stopped and enjoyed the views and took breaks for the kids.

This was a perfect day hike! Once you finish the trail it splits off into a few other trails if you feel like going further. There was a good amount of people but definitely not heavily trafficked. The bugs are vicious right now though so make sure you pack your sprays!

First of all, it’s a moderate trail, Mt. Rainier has it listed that way as well. Started at reflection lake and hiked 5 miles total in and out to Narada Falls gained 1013 ft elevation beautiful views. On the path to Narada falls you do cross two roads so be careful, but after every road there is a mini fall worth checking out. FYI you can drive to both reflection lake and Narada falls as well. Take plenty of bug spray and water.

Mt. Rainier rates this as moderate, I would say it is moderate short hike, with a lot of steep stairs and descending. If you have weak knees , trekking poles are a must. The lake views are amazing, lots of flys! I mean lots, the whole trail. We sprayed off deep woods 3 times and it really didn’t help.

Bring bug spray!!!!

We did a loop from Narmada Falls to Reflection Lakes and then hit part of the Wonderland trail. Beautiful day, wonderful hike.

21 days ago

Beautiful trail but full of mosquitoes. I took my daughters (6 and 8) but we only made it half way and had to turn around because of the mosquitoes swarming us nonstop. I counted 15 bites just on me! We had bug repellent too, but should have invested in stronger stuff.

Love this hike!

Great hike. I took my 8 and 4 year olds with me and they did fine. Steady incline thats not too steep. A couple good view points, most notably on the north east side of the trail. Its easier than snow and bench lakes just down the road, but not as pretty. Still a great hike. Will do again.

The stairs are a bit steep, but overall an easy hike. Bugs are heavy but it motivates you to keep moving. View are exceptional. Wildflowers are blooming, too!

Beautiful scenery! Half way down the trail you will see a metal stake in the ground and a couple pieces of wood blocking the trail. You are missing out if you don’t take that path down to the lake! It is kind of overgrown but if you want a picture of the mountain reflecting over the lake this is the only spot to get it. Absolutely stunning!! Would have been a perfect hike if the bugs weren’t so bad!

Highlights:
-Hiked it on the 14th: weather and views were beautiful. Wore shorts and running shoes.
-Took my kids with me, the youngest hiker being 3. We had no issues hiking the entire route.
-No snow on the trail, just a little mud where it had melted.

Downside:
The line into the Mt Rainier Park was long between 1200-1400. We waited an hour to get into the park.

Hiked here today. Short, slightly challenging. Would have enjoyed it more if we had not been swarmed by bugs the entire hike. I’d do it again in colder weather or if I can wear a mosquito net.

Fun trail. Challenging for beginners but I had fun keeping up with my kids. There is a waterfall past snow lake at the very end of the trail.

Beautiful hike

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike for a 4 year old even though the bridges were washed out from winter and about 1/3 of the loop was covered in snow. The snow patches were always short enough we could find our way to the trail on the other side, and kept my son entertained and motivated.

This was a delightful hike; did it on a Sunday and it was not very busy. We took a right at the end on the wonderland trail for about .25 miles for an amazing close up of Mt. Rainier. There is still some muddy spots in the first mile of the trail. Flowers are blooming. Managed the full hike with a group of 12 hikers at various competency levels.

Busy hike for Fourth of July, but the views are worth it! The road in is in pretty good shape, the first mile is by far the worst, pot hole wise. No snow on the road at all.

The first mile up to lake Eleanor is pretty muddy, with a couple trees that have fallen across the main trail.

Wildlife wise, the bugs were out in force. My group didn’t see any bears, but multiple other groups reported seeing one or two bears across the trail.

The wild flowers in the upper meadow are just starting to bloom and will be in full bloom in around a week!

Loved the changing vegetation and terrain. The end view was amazing. The only down part was walking back. Great is for kids and adults alike. Amazing views.

Hiked on 7/1/18. First 100 yards or so had some snow but that was it for the entire trail. No issue at all.

Hiked on 6/30/18. Easy for all ages. Some short snow covered areas near snow lake but easily traversed with normal shoes and the help of some poles.

This hike is a hidden gem for sure; I recommend any and everyone to check it out at least once to get a true sense of Washington's beauty. About 1 mile-1.5 miles from the trailhead, which starts on the side of the road and is easy to miss, you'll reach Lake Eleanor which is a dope little alpine lake with awesome green/blue coloration. From there you hike up to the first meadow which is super beautiful and breathtaking with tons of flowers, a pond, and Mt Rainier poking out above the trees. From there you keep pushing a little uphill through some intermittent snowfields but they are easy to navigate. You finally arrive at the huge meadow area where Mt Rainier can be seen as you wind through the area for a solid 30-45 minutes. This is a really awesome hike with an almost nonexistant difficulty level for the rewarding views you are treated with.

amazing trail. bench lake access is kinda lame... but snow lake was beautiful and you can get right up to the lake to chill in multiple areas without overgrowth. went on 25 june and still a good bit of snow in spots of the trail

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