Day Hike - Spray Park


Day Hike - Spray Park

An exceptionally diverse and scenic wildflower hike through forest and meadows, and ultimately reaching alpine rock gardens; there are nearly constant views of Mt. Rainier towering above. Expect to spend a full day on this trip between the driving and the time hiking. This is for the MORE adventurous.

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,500 ft
  • Pace: Moderate

We will meet at 6:00 AM at the 65th Street P&R under I-5. We will be north of 65th and at the far north end of the P&R. An early start is advisable to secure parking at Mowich Lake.

2021 Introduction to the Natural World Students have priority  for this trip.  When emailing us be sure to mention you're in the 2021 Introduction to the Natural World Class. 

This is a fantastic wildflower hike. The pace will be moderate but with stops to appreciate nature and identify wildflowers. We will walk along and then periodically stop and look in certain areas, and then continue to walk along until another interesting area is encountered. We will still cover a good distance.

We will do the hike as described in Washington Trails to a high crest that looks down towards the Carbon Glacier. From this point, we will ascend about one-half more miles to rock gardens full of elegant lupine, cliff paintbrush and magenta paintbrush, among others.


Spray Park

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Bring water, lunch, rain gear, and the ten essentials. 

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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