Naturalist Trip - Spray Park


Naturalist Trip - 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.

  • Strenuous 3
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 6,500 ft
  • Pace: Moderate but with stops

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 favorable parking at Mowich Lake.

If this  meeting location is inconvenient for you or you choose to drive separately e-mail Gary Brill after a "Welcome e-mail" is sent to you.

This trip is designed as a field trip in the Introduction to the Natural World Course. As such we will do a nice hike, but will also spend a fair bit of time observing and identifying primarily plants and birds. We have re-scheduled this FT to avoid the heatwave the last week of July.

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.

Last year we finished with a hike over Knapsack Pass (shorter but several hundred feet more vertical). The leader, however, thinks that a steep snowfield will preclude doing this this year. But sign-ups should be aware this is a possibility.


Spray Park

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

guide book

day hiking gear

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