Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount Rainier National Park
by Heidi Schneider (Falcon Guides)
© 2012 Heidi Schneider/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
Nice hike. Still has snow up at the lake on this hike. We went down to Bend Lake and discovered a great reflection photo opportunity of Mt.Rainier. This is better than Reflection Lake because the lake is small and there are not any ripples in the water, completely smooth. Where the maintained trail ends, you can continue on around the end of the lake and get great views of melting snow creeks.
Moderate day hike. There were not very many people on the trail mid week. The lake was clear blue and green. After the heat wave we had this week I took a dip in the FREEZING COLD alpine lake, took my breath away but it was worth it. Took less than 40 minutes each way. The bugs were a bit bad when we went so bring bug spray.
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