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Mazama Ridge

Intermediate
 4.0 (2)

An incredibly scenic ridge top route that connects Paradise and Reflection Lakes areas.


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2.0

Miles

3.2

KM

Point to Point

5,785' 1,763 m

High

4,872' 1,485 m

Low

4' 1 m

Up

917' 279 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

25%

Max Grade (14°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Fall Colors · River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

This trail can be done in either direction and many folks use parts of it to make enjoyable loop routes. In the winter months, this is also a popular snowshoeing destination. In the north to south direction, this steady descent is non-taxing and quite pleasant. Starting from its intersection with the Skyline Trail, head south over the broadest part of Mazama Ridge. Expect large snowfields here late into the summer. Soon the ridge narrows and travel eases through trees and picturesque meadows. Pass through a series of small ponds and tarns, remembering to look behind you to the north for Rainier views. Soon, the High Lakes trail splits off, heading west.

Arrive at the truly spectacular viewpoint of Faraway Rock. Here you can revel in incredible views of Tatoosh Range, the length of Stevens Valley and pretty Louise Lake basin directly below. This pretty cliff and nearby tarn are popular places to snack and rest. To finish this trail, continue west from Faraway Rock, crossing a feeder stream for Louise Lake. The descent steepens here until the trail ends at an intersection with the Wonderland Trail near Reflection Lakes.

Flora & Fauna

Bears, deer.

Contacts

Shared By:

Megan W

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  4.0 from 2 votes

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in Paradise

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Photos

November on Mazama Ridge.
May 21, 2016 near Eatonville, WA
Looking down a lahar valley.
Feb 26, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Louise Lake and Tatoosh Range from Faraway Rock (photo by Brewbooks)
Jul 26, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Mazama Ridge meadow ablaze with color (photo by Steve Cyr)
Jul 26, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Views out to the Mazama ridge with fall color. (photo by Steve Cyr)
Jul 26, 2015 near Eatonville, WA

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Jul 8, 2020
Gabriel Gottfredsen
Short hike up to Faraway Rock from the Reflection Lakes parking lot. Great view of the lakes and mountain roads. Trail is a combination of the Wond… 2.2mi — 1h 00m
Jul 8, 2020
Katie Jajtner
up and back: reflection lake to far away rock 1mi
Oct 11, 2019
Samo Beroe
2mi — 14h 00m
Sep 3, 2019
J Cham
Jun 15, 2019
Feifan Qiao
Covered with heavy snow. Almost lost lol 1.3mi
Oct 13, 2018
Scott P
Jul 17, 2017
Jeryl Kolb
Maddie and I did this as part of the MeadoWatch Reflection Lakes Trail.