Spray Park is one of my favorite day hikes at Mt. Rainier. It's a fairly easy hike, and there is a big payoff. I'll never forget the first time I went there. After hiking a few miles through the forest, a meadow (Spray Park) appeared. That meadow was totally covered with wildflowers, and Mt. Rainier towered over everything. Wow!
Round trip: 7.5 miles
Elevation gain: 1600 ft
Max elevation: 6400 ft
Entrance fee: $15.00 per car (bring exact change)
I suggest we leave early, or it will be difficult to find a parking spot near Mowich Lake. If you come late, it's not unusual to park on the road a couple of miles from the trailhead.
We will split into two groups of 12 so that we are obeying the park's group size limits. Chuck will lead the first group. The second group will wait 15 minutes, and then Teresa Henry will lead them up the trail. While they are waiting, the second group can explore Mowich Lake, which is very pretty.
From the P&R, go east on SR 512 to Sumner. Drive 13 miles east on State Route 410 to Buckley. Turn right (south) onto SR 165 and proceed through Carbonado. Just beyond the Carbon River Gorge bridge, bear right onto Mowich Lake Road. Follow the road about 17 miles to its end; the trailhead is at the far end of the Mowich Lake Campground.
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Chuck's car: Grey Land Rover LR4 (an SUV)
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