Spray Park Trail

Carbonado, Washington

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In many ways, you never recover from your first walk into Spray Park. The trail isn’t difficult to follow. It’s just difficult to forget. The 3.5mile walk leads to seemingly endless open meadows of heather and alpine blossoms that tease the nose, ease the mind, and tickle the imagination. The place is a virtual lily factory. The so-called park itself—actually a vast corridor of open meadows interspersed among rocky moraines, lingering snow patches, whistling marmots, and sun-basking hikers—is a wonder to behold in the summer, truly qualifying as one of Rainier’s most magnificent day-hike destinations.
Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park

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Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park

by Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer (The Mountaineers Books)

In many ways, you never recover from your first walk into Spray Park. The trail isn’t difficult to follow. It’s just difficult to forget. The 3.5mile walk leads to seemingly endless open meadows of heather and alpine blossoms that tease the nose, ease the mind, and tickle the imagination. The place is a virtual lily factory.

The so-called park itself—actually a vast corridor of open meadows interspersed among rocky moraines, lingering snow patches, whistling marmots, and sun-basking hikers—is a wonder to behold in the summer, truly qualifying as one of Rainier’s most magnificent day-hike destinations.

©  Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Carbonado
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 1,600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: July–Sept
Trailhead Elevation: 4,950 feet
Top Elevation: 6,400 feet
Local Contacts: Carbon River Ranger Station
Local Maps: Green Trails Mount Rainier West, No. 269
Driving Directions: Directions to Spray Park Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/12/2009
1

On a cloudless day, temperatures in the low 80s at the park entrance, our trek began at the Tolmie Peak trailhead on the westernmost point of Mowich Lake. We worked our way around the serene shoreline, pausing often to admire the striking array of blues and greens displayed by the various depths. We cut across to the Spray Park trailhead behind the campground. For the first mile on the trail, we were delighted to find a half dozen varieties of edible berries in a choice of degrees of ripeness including blueberry, huckleberry, and thimbleberry. The trail itself is a stunning interplay of dense old-growth forest, dramatic cliff walls, thick heather fields, lush mountain meadows and marshes, punctuated by a half dozen quaint mountain stream crossings. There are three spurs well worth the diversion including the falls viewpoint. A well-spent effort will bring you up a pumice scramble to the base of the falls, where thin sheets of water roll off the towering knob into shallow pools. The dazzling expanse of meadow blooms at the park were the crowning jewel of our jaunt.


7/1/2006
0

Spectacular! Really can't say enough good things about this hike. Walking down a snow-bank to look at Mowich Lake at the start. When approaching the Spray Falls view point, the falls appears to be literally starting out of nowhere. After you're done looking at the falls, take the Wonderland Trail up to the Alpine meadow -- fields of wildflowers. It doesn't get any better than this!


9/12/2002
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Spray Park is definitely one of our favorite Mowich entrance hikes! This is the hike to do in the height of summer to enjoy the beautiful flowering meadows. Gorgeous views of Rainier all along the hike as well. Don''t forget your camera!



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