Mowich River Trail

Carbonado, Washington

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Lake to river, this route descends through lush old forests that provide cool relief from hot summer days. Following the Wonderland Trail south, the trail skirts Crater Creek before traversing the flank of Paul Peak to finally drop into the Mowich River basin, near the junction of the North and South forks of that broad glacial stream. You’ll find no views until you stand on the gravel bars in the riverbed, but you will experience forest primeval. Look for wildflowers such as Indian pipe, trillium, and beargrass. There are mushrooms aplenty along the route too—be sure you know which are safe before even thinking about picking them. Black-tailed deer and black bears are commonly seen here, but the most likely critters you’ll encounter are grouse—listen for their whomp, whomp, whomps—and squirrels.
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)

Lake to river, this route descends through lush old forests that provide cool relief from hot summer days. Following the Wonderland Trail south, the trail skirts Crater Creek before traversing the flank of Paul Peak to finally drop into the Mowich River basin, near the junction of the North and South forks of that broad glacial stream. You’ll find no views until you stand on the gravel bars in the riverbed, but you will experience forest primeval.

Look for wildflowers such as Indian pipe, trillium, and beargrass. There are mushrooms aplenty along the route too—be sure you know which are safe before even thinking about picking them. Black-tailed deer and black bears are commonly seen here, but the most likely critters you’ll encounter are grouse—listen for their whomp, whomp, whomps—and squirrels.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Carbonado
Distance: 7
Elevation Gain: 2,400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: June–Nov
Trailhead Elevation: 4,800 feet
Top Elevation: 5,000 feet
Local Contacts: Carbon River Ranger Station
Local Maps: Green Trails Mount Rainier West, No. 269
Driving Directions: Directions to Mowich River Trail

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