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Longmire to Reflection Lakes

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise
46.7501, -121.8125 Map & Directions
Length
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1500 feet
Highest Point
3890 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate/Hard
A view from Reflection Lake looking east. Photo by AlpsDayTripper. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs not allowed
  • Waterfalls
  • Old growth
  • Lakes
  • Fall foliage

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Leaving from the main parking lot in Longmire, hikers can travel a section of the Wonderland Trail to reach Reflections Lakes — passing by several viewpoints an a waterfall along the way. Continue reading

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Hiking Longmire to Reflection Lakes

Leaving from the main parking lot in Longmire, hikers can travel a section of the Wonderland Trail to reach Reflections Lakes — passing by several viewpoints an a waterfall along the way.

The trail begins by traveling between the Nisqually River and the Longmire to Paradise Road, eventually peeling away from the road as it crosses the river via a series of sturdy log bridges. The trail then follows the well-shaded forest alongside the Paradise River and passes by an excellent viewpoint of Carter Falls.

Continue up a short series of switchbacks to exit the river valley and cross the Stevens Canyon Road before reaching the shores of Reflection Lakes. 

Hike Description Written by
Rachel Wendling, WTA Staff

Longmire to Reflection Lakes

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 46.7501, -121.8125 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From I-5, take exit 143 for S 320th St toward Federal Way. Stay in the left 2 lanes to turn left onto S 320th and proceed for 0.8 miles. Turn right onto Military Road S and drive for 4.4 miles, then turn left onto WA-161 S and proceed for 3.9 miles.

Get into the two left-hand lanes, and turn left onto WA-167 N toward WA 410, then take the exit for 512 W toward 161 S. Proceed on 512 W for 2.5 miles, then exit for South Hill. Follow the signs for 161S/Eatonville/Mount Rainier.

Stay on 161 S for 22.6 miles, then turn left onto Center St. E, into Eatonville. Continue onto Alder Cutoff Road E for 6.5 miles, then at a 'T' intersection, turn left onto WA-7 S. Drive through the tiny town of Elbe and continue along Hwy 706, which becomes the Paradise Road when you enter the park. Longmire is about 25 miles from the 'T' intersection before Elbe.

Park in the large parking area at Longmire, and head to the northern side of the lot to see signs for the trail.

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Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

Mount Rainier National Park

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Longmire to Reflection Lakes

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