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blue Bench and Snow Lake Trail

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Trail

2.3 mile 3.7 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 420' 128 m
Descent: -423' -129 m
High: 4,701' 1,433 m
Low: 4,565' 1,391 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 7% (4°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

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No Dogs
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Trail shared by Tom Robson

A relatively easy hike rewarded by abundant wildflowers and panoramic Rainier views.

Tom Robson

Features Birding · Lake · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly This slightly hilly hike will take your family past two beautiful lakes, Bench and Snow.

Overview

Bench Lake is so named because the flat area around the lake is called "The Bench." Snow Lake may have been named because the cirque in which it lies is filled by icy meltwater from the snowfields of the Tatoosh Range or because snow often rings the lake until late summer.

Need to Know

The Snow Lake Camp is often late melting out and may be snow-covered until July. Permits and current trail conditions are available park-wide from wilderness information centers, ranger stations, and visitor centers. Fires are prohibited. No pets on trails. Treat water before drinking.

Description

The trailhead is located one and a half miles east of the Reflection Lakes parking area on the south side of the road.

The trail is a succession of gradual ups and downs as it crosses a series of low ridges. The path first reaches Bench Lake after .75 mile, then continues another .5 miles to Snow Lake. Most years these lakes do not melt out until late July and the trail can be muddy until then.

Flora & Fauna

In mid-summer, this area explodes with a variety of wildflowers and an abundance of bear grass. In the fall, mountain ash and huckleberries color the scene. Quite visible is a silver forest of trees which remain from a past fire. Expect good views of Mount Rainier on clear days. There is always a chance of seeing black bears as well.

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Oct 16, 2018
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Sep 14, 2018
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Sep 10, 2018
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Aug 22, 2018
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Jul 21, 2018
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Jul 12, 2018
Joshua Lundy
Jul 11, 2018
Nick Latiano
Really not that great. Tbh
Jul 10, 2018
David Orner

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  4.3 from 13 votes

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