Field Trip 4 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course

Field trip: Introduction to the Natural World Course

Field Trip 4 - Seattle Naturalists Intro Natural World Course - Spray Park

A moderate hike to premier wildflower gardens with stunning views of Mt. Rainier.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft

Meet at 830 am at the Mowich Lake/Campground parking lot, 4900 ft,  by the sign for the campground. It may be necessary to park down the road from the lake and walk up to the campground, so factor that into your arrival time.   Bring your field guide of choice and a plant list which will be sent to you.  Plant bloom has been accelerated by this summer's heat and drought and things were in full summer bloom over July 4th weekend. The lowermost meadow at  Spray Park is at about 5500 ft and 3+ miles, perhaps cool enough for flowers to still be in profusion when we visit.  Spray Park is stunning, both for its flowers and the views of Echo, Observation, and the Mountain.  We will stop at the cooling Spray Falls on the way up. The trail goes up and down, so elevation gain will be 1800-2200 feet, depending on how far into the meadow we go. Plan to be back to the cars around 3-4 pm. Count on bugs, sun, and many other hikers.

Mt. Rainier National Park has many trails that lead to premier wildflower gardens.

After this field trip you may identify these species and more:
1. Broad-leaf Lupine
2. Common Paintbrush
3. Beargrass
4. Gray Jay
5. Blue (Butterfly)
6. Red Columbine
7. Glacier Lily
8. Tiger Lily
9. Thinleaf Blueberry
10. Sitka Mountain Ash
11. Sitka Alder
12. Alaska Yellow-cedar

and louseworts!


Spray Park

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

guide book, plant list

day hiking gear, lunch

10 essentials including plenty of water, sun and bug protection.

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