Sep 15, 2012
- Type of Outing
- Day hike
- Read More in our Hiking Guide
- Hike: Spray Park
- Region: Mt. Rainier -- NW - Carbon River / Mowich
- Agency: Mount Rainier National Park, Carbon River Ranger Station
- Avg Rating: 4.00
- Hiking Companions
- Hiked with kids
- Why You Should Go Now
- Wildflowers blooming
Let me say, describing the road as bumpy and long is a bit of an understatement. Not a bad drive, but drivers really need to respect the speed limit on this road and stop zipping around like crazy people.
The hike up to Spray Park is through a very scenic forest. The trail is rather photogenic. Do not under any circumstances bypass the Eagle Cliff viewpoint. It has outstanding views of Mr. Rainier. Likewise don't miss out on Spray Falls, its awesome.
When I got to the lower meadow of Spray Park, I was greeted by an awesome view of Mt. Rainier. Let me just say this. Mt. Rainier dominates the landscape here. It is amazing! Even this late in the season, there were still wildflowers and some of the plants were beginning to show their fall colors. Spray Park has a lot of side trails to explore, the ones I did, did not disappoint!
I continued on the main trail, saw some Marmots, took a ton of pictures, met some awesome fellow hikers and turned around somewhere roughly between Spray Park and Seattle Park.
While there were a ton of people up here at the time, there were many moments where it felt as if I had the trail (and mountain) totally to myself. A very accessible and scenic trip!