United States Bench Lake, Mount Rainier National Park

5 images 1 contributors

T. Kirkendall and V. Spring

About this spot

Bench Lake is as good, or even better, location for viewing reflections of Mt. Rainier than the well known and overused Reflection Lakes. With less trees and forest creating a dark foreground between The Mountain and the lake, the view from Bench Lake is open and pleasing. And, best of all, the lake has not been overused and inflicted with “Closed for Revegetation” signs. Also, you are rarely hampered by a solid lineup of tripods at the best viewpoint. However, there is a price to pay for the isolation and solitude. Bench Lake is not located right along side the paved road. To reach the lakeshore requires a 0.7 mile walk on a moderately difficult trail. Also, as Bench Lake is not protected by trees on the north and east sides, the morning breezes often ruffle the waters and erase the prefect mountain reflections earlier than at Reflection Lakes.

Join PhotoHound to learn how, where and when to capture amazing photos here

  • Know the best times, seasons & shooting conditions
  • Detailed directions - maps, co-ordinates and directions
  • Know how to get there - where to park or how to reach there using public transport
  • Browse inspirational photos and learn how they were taken - see the EXIF details
  • Bookmark your favourite spots for future reference
  • Know exactly when to shoot for beautiful photographs - sunrise, sunset, blue hour and astrophotography
  • Detailed, 7-day weather forecast at this location
  • Share your images with like-minded travel photographers

Share this photo spot


Join thousands of photographers exploring the world with PhotoHound

Sign up or Log in