Reflection Lake, Mt. Rainier N.P.
One of the most iconic views of Mt. Rainier in the park can be found at Reflection Lakes. Summer and fall, sunrise and sunset, it is perhaps the single-most photographed view for both budding and experienced photographers, who return again and again. In summer, the lakes are bordered with wildflowers and come autumn, they are a mirror of fall color. Many consider this area to be the park at its best — colorful blooms, enchanting animal life, and scenic, awe-inspiring beauty of mountain peaks and alpine lakes.
Like most trails at Mount Rainier when heading to Reflection Lakes, you’ll need an early start to find a parking place on the Stevens Canyon Road – this trailhead also that provides access to Pinnacle and Plummer peaks, another popular hike. After you park, drop down to the lake to find the trail (you can hike the loop in either direction). We hiked counterclockwise. In late August the lake was bordered with rosy spirea, fireweed and lupine. By mid-September there should also be some fall color framing these picture-perfect lakes.
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