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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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Where to stay in Mount Rainier National Park

You could visit Mount Rainier National Park on a day trip from Seattle, but you'll probably want to stay in or closer to the park to maximize your time there. The park provides three developed campgrounds and one primitive one with nearly 500 individual sites between them. For extra creature comforts, book a room at either the National Park Inn or the larger Paradise Inn. Many park visitors lay their heads in the villages west of the park along National Park Highway. Places such as Jasper, Mineral Lake, and Alder Lake offer a mix of lodges, inns, and bed and breakfasts, almost all of which deliver full views of towering Mount Rainier. You might also find reasonable summer deals on hotels at Crystal Mountain Ski Resort just north of the park, though this is a less convenient option.
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  • 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 »
  • We loved our time at this CG, but please be aware that most of the spots are reserved to backpackers, and this is poorly marked. As you enter the camping loop from the parking area, the tent pads on t...  more »