Explore Reflection Lakes

Washington Reflection Lakes Pullout

Added by Jon King

Incredible views of Mount Rainier reflecting in subalpine lakes.

Reflection Lakes is located approximately 1 mile east of Inspiration Point just off Steven Canyons Road in the Paradise section of Mount Rainier National Park.  Simply park in one of the pullouts at the lakes and enjoy the scenery.  Reflection Lakes can also be accessed via the Wonderland Trail.

Try to catch the lakes early morning or evening when the water is still.  If the sky is clear you’ll have an excellent chance to view Mount Rainier reflecting in these beautiful subalpine lakes.

It is also an excellent spot for astrophotography.  Again, scout the weather for a clear night to catch stars glowing over Rainier and reflecting in the water. 

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
  • Binoculars 
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Chillin, Photography

Skill Level:



Year Round



Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Handicap Accessible

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3 months ago

Busy lake, great views

Although I didn't have any trouble finding a parking spot, once I walked down to the lake, it felt crowded. There were multiple photographers set up and groups of tourists walking the trail. It's easy to see why the lake is so popular, but it can be hard to enjoy the peaceful lake when surrounded by so many people. Regardless, it's worth a quick stop; I just might find another spot if you're looking for something a little more secluded (like Tipsoo Lake)

3 months ago

Added by Jon King

Based in Kansas City. ER nurse. Love to travel and explore. Instagram: @joneking

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