CHS 2 Hike - Around Mother Mountain

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 2 Hike - Around Mother Mountain

CHS hike led at a CHS 2 pace (2.0-3.0 mph). Starting from Mowich Lake, this scenic loop in the northwest corner of Mount Rainier National Park is a gorgeous yet challenging day hike.

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  • Very Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 16.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 4,350 ft
  • Pace: 2.0-3.0 mph

We’ll meet at the Star Lake P&R in Kent/Federal Way at 6:00 a.m. and consolidate cars for the 2-hour drive to Mowich Lake. There’s about 17 miles of gravel road, usually graded well by this time of year. Drivers will require a National Parks Pass.  



Around Mother Mountain

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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