Snow Lake may have been named because the cirque in which it lies is filled by icy meltwater from the snowfields of the Tatoosh Range or because snow often rings the lake until late summer. Snow Lake trailhead is located near Paradise.
Changing with the season, there's always something to see on the trail to Snow Lake. In mid-summer, this area explodes with a variety of wildflowers and an abundance of beargrass. In the fall, mountain ash and huckleberries color the scene.
Most everyone is familiar with this very beautiful and common plant of the moist woods. …As the common and generic names simply the leaves and petals are in threes. The petals at first are pure white but turn a dark rose color with age. From the March – June 1938 edition of Mount Rainier National Park Nature Notes
One of the most common and beautiful plants of the deeply-wooded [lowland forest]. It is a perennial and grows to a height of 4-6 inches. In the late summer the plant is characterized by bunches of bright red berries which are very attractive and conspicuous. Thus, a second common name - Bunchberry has been given this plant. From the March – June 1938 edition of Mount Rainier National Park Nature Notes