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Mount Rainier National Park: Spray Park

Hike to prolific wildflower displays and up-close views of Mount Rainier on this 8.4-mile out-and-back in Mount Rainier National Park.

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Rainier is known for its spectacular wildflower displays, and this trail puts on one of the best shows in the park. The 8.2-mile hike begins at Mowich Lake, passes a half-mile side trip to Spray Falls, and climbs to broad meadows carpeted with pink heather, lilies, and Indian paintbrush. Turn around at mile four on a rocky, 6,400-foot spine with big-screen views of Mount Rainier seven miles to the southeast.
INFO For information on permits, current trail and camp conditions, and wilderness guidelines, go to

PERMIT A wilderness permit is required for all overnight camping in the backcountry. Reservations requests accepted by fax or mail, starting on March 15th of each year ($20/reservation). Download form at

CONTACT Mt. Rainier National Park, (360) 569-2211;

-Mapped by Alan Bauer, Alan Bauer Photography

To Trailhead

From Sumner, drive east on WA 410. In 9 miles, turn right at Mundy Loss Rd. In 1.2 miles, turn left at WA 162 E/Pioneer Way E. In 0.3 mile, continue onto WA 165 S. Go 25.2 miles to the trailhead.

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