8.22.16 Hike of the Week: Bench and Snow Lakes

Area: Paradise
Hike Type: Mountain views Pass: Natl. Park Pass
Distance: 2.6 mi RT Duration: 2 hrs Difficulty Level: Moderate
Snow-Free: July – October Hight Point: 4,700 ft Elevation Gain: 700 ft

Features: kid-friendly, wildflowers, alpine views, backcountry camping

Hike to two little subalpine lakes tucked within the craggy and spired Tatoosh Range. One sits at the edge of a shelf offering breathtaking views of Mount Rainier—the other lies in a talus-strewn cirque beneath the highest point in the Tatoosh Range. A short hike, it’s not a cake walk however with its numerous ups and downs. But in addition to the two sparkling lakes and stunning views, are waterfalls, wildlife and a dazzling array of wildflowers.

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