Although our weekly trip to Mt. Rainier ended this week because of dense smoke from numerous wildfires, we did manage to walk another piece of the Wonderland Trail by walking from Reflection Lake to Lake Louise last. week. Unfortunately, my Sony camera suffered a malfunction at the beginning of the hike, and I had to resort to my iPhone 11 to take pictures.
We had actually spotted Lake Louise on our Reflection Lake hike last year but had never visited it. It’s a rather short hike from Reflection Lake, all downhill, except for the climb back to Reflection Lake.
It was the perfect hike for a hot day descending through a dense forest and crossing several creeks that feed the lake.
From the lake we could see the overlook where we headed next; it’s a lot higher than it looks in the picture.
This shot from the Overlook gives a much more accurate depiction of how far we climbed from Lake Louise.
Luckily, we reached the high point of our hike by noon and could enjoy the lush meadows that make up the High Lakes Trail.