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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  • 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
  • This is a great place in Mt. Rainier National Park. It has splendid views and is perfect for wading, or if you're brave enough, swimming. You can kayak here and walk and breathe in the fresh air from the trails. The road up is very sandy and dust comes all the time. It will get your car dirty. The restrooms are non-flush.
  • It was summer time when we visited lake mowich. He happened to go by this place accidentally, and the road to this lake is very bumpy and dusty by the time you reach the end of the road your car will be covered with full of dust and you get tired because of the ride. But it is worth the view, this is a nice hiking place and also lake seemed fresh and was not over crowded. It was very scenic and you can have a nice swim with the view of Snow cover Mt. Rainer. This place is closed during the winters.
  • Amazing, beautiful place to swim and hike. The water is amazingly clear and blue! One of my new favorite places
  • Best place ever for quiet camping. No fire :( too bad Beautiful clear lake

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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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