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Hike 8/11 Spray Park

Thursday, August 11, 6:00am - 6:30pm

6 miles, 1,500 feet elevation gain

Hike 8/11 Spray Park

Experience one of the best-loved hikes at Mount Rainier. Travel to a large, open meadow with zillions of wildflowers and knockout views of the big volcano above you. And take a side trip to Spray Falls, a 300-foot-tall wonder that's a splendid destination in its own right.

Expected Conditions:

Our timing should be great for this trail. The snow should be 99% melted away, the muddy parts are hopefully drying up, and the wildflowers should be outstanding. We drive the long unpaved road to the trailhead at Mowich Lake (4900 feet), and take the well-maintained trail through forest for 2 miles or so before breaking out into the park-land of flower meadows. How far we go up depends on people's energy levels, but usually we make it to 6000 feet or so (the trail reaches 6400 at it's highest point). Save energy for a side trip to Spray Falls and for a climb of 200 feet or so back to Mowich Lake at the end.

Other Considerations:

Wear good traction hiking shoes or boots, and bring trekking poles for helping with all the ups and downs. Bring plenty of water (there are streams where I can filter water too, if needed).  This popular area is busy any day of the week in flower season, so expect lots of company on the trail. Bugs may be a factor, bring repellant and maybe a head net.