Mowich Lake to Mystic Lake Trail

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Mount Rainier National Park

Mowich Lake to Mystic Lake Trail is a 22.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Orting, Washington that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and backpacking and is best used from March until November.

Distance: 22.8 miles Elevation Gain: 8,769 feet Route Type: Out & Back









wild flowers


no dogs

See two lakes plus an up close view of Carbon Glacier and panoramic views of Rainier This hike while not easy is very rewarding. You'll see on this hike, the famous Spray Park, Mt. Rainier up close, Mowich & Mystic Lakes, and more. You will stroll along the Carbon Glacier and might be entertained by the always present Hoary Marmots. As you near Mystic, the view of the meadows and the mountain are spectacular to say the least. It makes the hard work worth it. You begin with a long uphill climb past Spray Falls and Eagle's Roost to the wonderful Spray Park. Flowers abound and the scenery is magnificent. Over the top and down past Seattle Park into the woods you will pass Cataract Valley camp on your way to the Carbon River suspension bridge. Fun and exciting to cross, it takes you over the lowest glacier in the U.S., The Carbon Glacier. Up you go again along the glacier to the beautiful meadows at Moraine Park. Just a bit more and you can see Mystic below you. Once there, relax and have lunch. Return on the same route, or better yet,stay the night

Sat Jul 11 2015

Nice hike. Watch out for the little black flies near the lakes. Beautiful views at the top.

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