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Louise Lake

Difficulty: easy

0.2 miles

Elevation gain: 60'

Max elevation: 4660'

Camps: none

First hiked by me: 2021

This is so short as to barely even count as a hike. Louise Lake lacks the big Rainier view of nearby Reflection Lakes, and is correspondingly far less busy. You may well find solitude to enjoy the couple of nice sitting-rocks along its otherwise muddy shore.

For a bit more distance, start at Reflection Lakes and hike to Louise Lake along a pleasant and uncrowded mile of the Wonderland Trail (shown as dots on the map above).

Faraway Rock, viewed from Louise Lake

The Castle and Pinnacle Peak, viewed from Louise Lake

Faraway Rock (left) and Louise Lake, from the Wonderland Trail

I encountered this fat and happy pika just a few feet from the road!