Mowich Lake, Mount Rainier National Park

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Mowich Lake is a lake located in the northwestern corner of Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State at an elevation of 4929ft. The name "Mowich" derives from the Chinook jargon word for deer.Access to the lake is provided by a 17mi long unpaved road which opens to vehicles in mid June to early July. Mowich Lake is also a busy campground during the summer with 30 walk-in tent camping spots. Bathrooms, tables, and trash bins are provided.From the Mowich campground, hikers can reach the Wonderland Trail, Eunice Lake, Tolmie Peak, Spray Park, and Spray Falls. Old-growth trees, waterfalls, creeks, cliffs, and wildflower meadows are also located in and around the area.Fishing is generally poor at Mowich Lake because the area is not stocked with fish and no habitat is provided for natural spawning.
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  • We decided to go to the "quieter" side of Mount Rainier and do several hikes around Mowich Lake. The drive involves 14 miles of unpaved roads, which are easily passable in a 2wd in good conditions. Be...  more »
  • We took an RV with 4 adults/2 children to Mowich Lake at Mt. Rainier! I must say that the road to get there was worrisome! There is about 15 miles of ROUGH dirt road that shook us all to the core in t...  more »
  • Easy drive from Olympia, Puyallup or Tacoma for a day hike in Mt Rainier National Park. Be sure to arrive early for a parking spot and expect to pay $25 Park fee per automobile for 7 day parking permi...  more »
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  • I swear this lake is one of the most beautiful and serene places on Earth. Absolutely stunning and very fun if you love nature and hiking, or just want to relax and hang by the lake. I just hope people don't start littering there. So if you visit, pack in pack out!!
  • Mowich Lake is a beautiful alpine lake with an adjacent close quarters campgound. Walk-in backpackers and drive-up camping goers alike, may enjoy the newly refurbished sites. Raised sand boxes were recently added as a dry place to pitch a tent.
  • I have been reading maps and preparing to hike up to the lookout above the lake since the views are spectacular and the camping on the lake is also. Be aware this area is very primative area of the park. No amenities. This area is for those who want more of a wilderness experience.
  • Holy bees this lake is beautiful
  • The 11 mile primitive road to Mowich lake is full of beautiful scenery, the road is acceccable but closed for the winter. If you choose to visit during the winter months just to see the views up to where the road end make sure you have a four wheel drive vehicle and traction tires, the primitive road is very rough and has many potholes, the beautiful mountain views are extordinary
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