Mount Rainier National Park Mowich Lake, Eunice Lake, and Tolmie Peak Lookout

Carbonado, Washington

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The panoramic view from Tolmie Peak is one of the finest in the entire northwest corner of Mount Rainier National Park. The summit lookout provides a great perspective for studying the giant volcano and its surroundings while Eunice Lake shimmers in a steep alpine bowl directly below. Most hikers leave Mowich Lake bound for Spray Park, lured up Rainier’s northwest flank by the many attractions of the subalpine meadow. However, the best views of the mountain itself are ironically found on some of the high ridges in the opposite direction, far enough away that the entire mountain can be taken in at once. Head up 5,900-foot Tolmie Peak to enjoy such a vista, and possibly escape some of the crowds as well. Tolmie Peak is named for Dr. William Fraser Tolmie, who penetrated this area in 1833 in search of medicinal plants and herbs. Tolmie was likely the first non–Native American man to explore this remote wilderness, less than 30 years after Lewis and Clark had reached the Pacific and long before the founding of either the state of Washington in 1889 or the national park ten years later.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: Seattle - Including Bellevue, Everett, and Tacoma

by Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens (Menasha Ridge Press)

The panoramic view from Tolmie Peak is one of the finest in the entire northwest corner of Mount Rainier National Park. The summit lookout provides a great perspective for studying the giant volcano and its surroundings while Eunice Lake shimmers in a steep alpine bowl directly below. Most hikers leave Mowich Lake bound for Spray Park, lured up Rainier’s northwest flank by the many attractions of the subalpine meadow.

However, the best views of the mountain itself are ironically found on some of the high ridges in the opposite direction, far enough away that the entire mountain can be taken in at once. Head up 5,900-foot Tolmie Peak to enjoy such a vista, and possibly escape some of the crowds as well. Tolmie Peak is named for Dr. William Fraser Tolmie, who penetrated this area in 1833 in search of medicinal plants and herbs. Tolmie was likely the first non–Native American man to explore this remote wilderness, less than 30 years after Lewis and Clark had reached the Pacific and long before the founding of either the state of Washington in 1889 or the national park ten years later.

© 2016 Andrew Weber and Bryce Stevens/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Carbonado
Distance: 6
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Season: Hikable summer–fall (check road conditions and snowpack); $10 per person
Trailhead Elevation: 5,000 feet
Top Elevation: 5,900 feet
Local Contacts: 360-569-2211; nps.gov/mora
Local Maps: Green Trails: Mount Rainier West 269; USGS Mowich Lake and Golden Lakes
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Rainier National Park: Mowich Lake, Eunice Lake, and Tolmie Peak Lookout

Recent Trail Reviews

8/25/2013
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Excellent day for a hike, as long as you got started early (like I did), before the clouds moved in later in the afternoon. I am delighted to say that it was a beautiful day, no snow at all on the trail, all the way up to Tolmie Peak Lookout. Great views, excellent way to spend a few hours. A couple of words of advice: Start early and bring bug spray. There were biting insects pretty much all the way from bottom-to-top.


9/13/2009
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A beautiful day and what a great start at beautiful Mowich Lake. You roll on out to Ipsut Pass and then the fun really begins. All the elevation you just gained gets lost and then regained again as you get to the lake. Gentians abound as you approach the lake, grabbing huckleberries on the way. The serene water reflects the great wall on top of which rests that little lookout cabin. Up, up you go, quickly and breathlessly but oh! the attainment of the top is sweet!! It was a clear day and we had views of Mt. Rainier in our face, views from Mt. St. Helens, to Mt. Baker to Glacier Peak to the Stewart Range. Lake Eunice greeted our return with cold water to cool those hot toes. More huckleberries. Then all that work going down from the lake, up to Ipsut Pass and down to Mowich Lake. Phew. Great workout. Hungry now!


7/19/2008
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Awesome hike. Low degree of difficulty - great for taking kids who are a little older. Doing this in the summer yields a great reward when you plunge into Eunice Lake. The water is cold, but tolerable and crystal clear.



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