Hike to Spray Park

Washington Mowich Lake Campground

Added by Greg Balkin

7 mile roundtrip hike with moderate elevation gainPerfect views of Mt. RainierHidden meadowsWildflowers throughout the park0.25mi detour to Spray FallsLess crowded than main entrances to Rainier

The trailhead to Spray Park begins at the Mowich Lake Campground (4,929 ft). You'll begin descending quickly for the first 0.1 miles until you reach the Wonderland Trail junction. Head left and make your way up a steady climb for the next 1.7 miles. The first stop you'll come across is Eagle Cliff - a fenced viewpoint high above Spray Creek with your first view of Rainier. Soon after you'll pass Eagle's Roost Camp (4,885 feet), which is an awesome place to spend the night.

At this point, there's a short 0.25 mile detour to Spray Falls. You have to take it. It's definitely worth the extra time and effort to see this massive waterfall cascading down the rocks.

Once you've finished your detour hike, it's time for some switchbacks and quick elevation gain. Fight through the pain because as soon as you clear the forest, you'll enter into the start of the beautiful meadows (~6,400 feet). From here on out, anywhere would be a good place to stop and rest. Flowers are blooming all over, Rainier is towering off in the distance, and snowmelt makes its way through the fields. It feels like this is where all fairytales are based off of.

Pack List

  • 25L Day pack
  • Trail shoes or boots
  • Water + Snacks
  • Camera
  • Trekking poles
  • Bug spray
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Activities:

Backpacking, Camping, Hiking, Photography

Skill Level:

Intermediate

Season:

Summer, Autumn

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Features:

Forest
Scenic
Wildflowers

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How to Get There

17 days ago

Worth the drive

I was hesitant to drive out to this area of the park because of all the precautions I read about the road, but I'm so glad I did! Yes, the road has some rough sections, but if you take it slow it's totally manageable. Head out early as there is limited parking and you will be ticketed if you don't follow the parking signs. And definitely take the short detour to Spray Falls, but use caution near the slippery rocks.

17 days ago

2 months ago

Favorite Hike in Rainier NP

This whole area of the park is super underrated and doesn't receive as many visitors because it's more difficult to access.

2 months ago

2 months ago

Spectacular Views And Wildflowers

Although it's been a few years since hiked through Spray Park it's one of my favorite spots in MRNP. Can't beat the views on a clear day and avalanche lilies right after the snow melts! Hope to be back soon on a return trip to observation and echo rock.

2 months ago

Added by Greg Balkin

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