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High Lakes Loop

Intermediate
 4.2 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This mellow loop visits the most scenic highlights around the Reflection Lakes area.


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2.7

Miles

4.4

KM

Loop

5,344' 1,629 m

High

4,862' 1,482 m

Low

563' 172 m

Up

561' 171 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This clockwise loop around Reflection Lakes also swings by the Faraway Rock lookout for an altogether enjoyable jaunt. If you don't get your fill of satisfying views on this excursion, you're spoiled!

Description

Gather your camera, sunscreen and bug spray - you're in for a delightful trip. Begin from the Reflection Lakes parking area on the north side of Stevens Canyon Road. First, head west on the Wonderland Trail for this clockwise loop. Follow the picturesque shoreline of the largest Reflection Lake, stopping to take the obligatory mirrored pictures. At the western edge of the lake, take the right-hand trail, turning to the north on the Lower Lakes Trail. Hike through wildflower choked meadows and pleasant forest then climb more steeply up to a saddle.

Take the High Lakes Trail to the east, traversing through dense forest. Ascend briefly up the hillside and cross an intermittent stream that eventually empties into Lake Louise. From here the terrain levels a bit but is often snowier. A short descent brings you to the junction with the Mazama Ridge. Cruise downhill (south) on the Mazama Ridge Trail to the Faraway Rock overlook, remembering to look behind you to the north for Rainier views.

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 complete the loop, continue west from Faraway Rock, re-crossing the feeder stream for Louise Lake. The descent steepens here until the T-intersection with the Wonderland Trail. Hike west on this last flat section of the Wonderland Trail back to the Reflection Lakes parking area.

Flora & Fauna

Deer, bears.

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Megan W

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  4.2 from 5 votes

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in Paradise

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Reflection Lake
Feb 26, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
The view of Rainier from Relfection Lakes.
Dec 8, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Classic Reflection Lakes view.
Jun 27, 2016 near Eatonville, WA
A perfect reflection.
Feb 26, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Reflection Lakes #2
Feb 26, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
You can't get a bad shot from Reflection Lake, as long as it's sunny...
Feb 26, 2015 near Eatonville, WA

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Jul 25, 2020
Lauren Molloy
Jul 23, 2020
Abby Hric
Jul 5, 2020
Gabriel Gottfredsen
Lost the trail several times. Finally got to a snow covered field where there was no chance of finding the trail again. Probably diverged onto a mo… 2.8mi — 2h 00m
Jul 5, 2020
Katie Jajtner
turned around- too much snow to find trail 2mi
Oct 11, 2019
Samo Beroe
2.7mi — 16h 12m
Oct 3, 2019
Tim Spath
Aug 29, 2019
Joyce Parizo
1.8mi — 1h 30m
Jul 31, 2019
Andy Smith
Great view of Rainier from lake. Woodland hike up above lake. Overlook point to see lakes. Enjoyable hike. — 3h 10m