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Trip Report

Bench and Snow Lakes

Mount Rainier Area

Trip Report By

WTA Member



Hiked Aug 24, 2020

Type of Hike

Day hike

Trail Conditions

Trail in good condition


Road suitable for all vehicles


No bugs


Snow free

Trail is in good shape, it's kind of a stairmaster though.

The amount of used toilet paper is disappointing as was the diaper hanging in a tree at Snow Lake.  The TP began just a short distance from the TH and it seemed that every well-defined path was lined with TP.  Once you reach Snow Lake there is a sign pointing folks to the left, to the camp sites and "toilet".  Even the trail leading to the toilet was lined with TP.  Thank you to the trip reporter from 6 days ago who hauled out TP from Snow Lake.  While we have picked up trash while hiking, we didn't even think about bringing a trash bag (or gloves), to Rainier. I guess we didn't expect to see PT on this short hike in a NP. Still learning after all these years.

In the plus category is that this is a short hike into a scenic area, with lots of pika sounding off; a pretty, blue lake and a talus cirque. We saw pika, deer and an elk or very large deer (he walked into the trees before I could get a good look).

Once past all that, and on to the "unmaintained" trail, which eventually disappears into the talus, we climbed up for nice views of the surroundings.