On almost any hike in this national park, you’ll enjoy knockout views of Rainier’s glacier-clad slopes. But Spray Park is where the cognoscenti flock to see wildflowers against the mountain backdrop. From the trailhead at Mowich Lake, at the end of WA 165, follow the Spray Park Trail out and back. It’s 6 miles round-trip, with options of hiking farther.
drive time: Seattle: 1 1/2 hours
guides:50 Hikes in Mount Rainier National Park, by Ira Spring and Harvey Manning ($15). Earthwalk Press Hiking Map and Guide, Mt. Rainier National Park ( www.backpacker.com/mapstore; $9).
contact: Mt. Rainier National Park, (360) 569-2211; www.nps.gov/mora