Mowich Lake

Fairfax, Washington

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While the driving doesn’t offer much adventure, you will encounter great views of Mt. Rainier and, at the end, a sparkling, almost 123-acre lake at 4,929 feet elevation, set in a glacial cirque surrounded by high ridges and verdant forest. Motor boats aren’t allowed on the lake—named with a Chinook word for deer or animal—which helps to preserve the area’s quiet, woodsy character. The first 3.2 miles are paved. The remainder is maintained gravel. The road is usually passable mid-July to October.
Washington Byways

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Washington Byways

by Tony Huegel (Wilderness Press)

While the driving doesn’t offer much adventure, you will encounter great views of Mt. Rainier and, at the end, a sparkling, almost 123-acre lake at 4,929 feet elevation, set in a glacial cirque surrounded by high ridges and verdant forest.

Motor boats aren’t allowed on the lake—named with a Chinook word for deer or animal—which helps to preserve the area’s quiet, woodsy character. The first 3.2 miles are paved. The remainder is maintained gravel. The road is usually passable mid-July to October.

©  Tony Huegel/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Off-Highway Drives
Nearby City: Fairfax
Distance: 31
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Difficulty: Easy
Duration: 1 hour up to a full day or weekend to fully explore on foot
Local Contacts: Mount Rainier National Park
Local Maps: Washington Road & Recreation Atlas
Driving Directions: Directions to Mowich Lake

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