Hike to Bench and Snow Lakes | Visit Rainier

Hike to 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 cakewalk 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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Q: Is swimming allowed at Bench and Snow Lakes? 

A: Technically yes, Bench and Snow Lakes are not on the “closed water” list at Mount Rainier National Park. To see a list of the closed waters click here. Please keep in mind that swimming at alpine and subalpine lakes means cold water and inherent risk. There are no lifeguards on duty. Please exercise caution when recreating near and in water.