Explore the most popular birding trails near Orting with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Was very pretty very good work out but the end isn’t really worth the trek back up! The bridge across the river is washed out.

It is paved and good for a smooth, no elevation ride

hiking
1 month ago

We were aiming to do Spray Park but the last few miles to the trailhead were closed down so this was an alternative. There is not a lot to see on this trail -- uninspiring is definitely a good way to put it -- though it's quiet and clean, and through the trees you can catch a glimpse of Ranier peak once in a while. There are a few switchbacks, but you're essentially hiking downhill initially. There was also still some snow when you crossed the creek.

At the trail junction (or turnaround point) there's an option to head back up to Mowich Lake via the Wonderland trail. The last 1-1.5 miles of the Wonderland Trail was still under snow, and there are no trail markers anywhere except at the trail junction between Paul Peak & Wonderland, so I wouldn't advise pushing through.

My fave trail! Well maintained with good views of nature! River, horses, cows and emu! We will try biking here next time!

Gate to mowich lake is still closed to vehicles.

Great trail for families. Watch out for the bicycles though.

The lake itself is amazing! There are several trails going everywhere. There are also a few tent camping spaces with some rest rooms. Make sure the ice is melted for some amazing pictures.

hiking
8 months ago

Seems like most people on here came for Tolmie Peak, but did this one instead because the road was closed. A little disappointed given I've seen better views of Mt. Rainer, but I got a good workout in. If you are looking for great views make sure you do research on whether or not trails like Tolmie Peak aren't closed off because of the snow. I still got great pictures though! Just wish Tolmie Peak was open!

One of my favorite trails for a nice scenic NW ride. Beautiful Rainier views and love the farms it rolls through.

Enjoyed it, beautiful scenery, great workout!

Great hike !!! Go early tne parking lot gets filled. Very fast !!!! The hike to Eunice lake is amazing - and in to tne fire lookout !!

My family and I had gotten to other hiking places around 10 in the morning and there was plenty of parking but here the parking on the road was a mile long when he had gotten there a little before 10 also it was Saturday morning so that could have been it too

There is no trail that is called mowich lake trail. There are multiple other ones that you can do. There is one called Tolmie peak and it looks out over mowich lake it is about 4 mile hike in and back. Also NO PETS ALLOWED and. Discover pass does not get you in for free you will have to pay $25. There is a tent campground with bathrooms. If you go down another trail there are another 4 or 5 trails you can pick from but the shortest one it 6 miles in and back. Other than that there is not a trail for mowich lake you can't go all the way around it. You can go fishing and kayaking in the lake. It was very beautiful. My friend and I did go for a swimming after all of our hiking and it felt amazing.

11 months ago

A lot of switch backs. Bottom was kind of uninspiring. Don't think I'd recommend this one.

9 miles of gravel road to get to the trailhead and way too many flies/mosquitos (at least in July), but otherwise absolutely phenomenal! Lots of diversity in spectacular scenery/views/trails and a few places you can camp for the night. You'll have to get a special permit for wilderness hiking but the camp sites are great. Would highly recommend, just bring bug spray

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The trees are fully leaved and the trail is cool on a hot summer day.

hiking
Friday, June 23, 2017

very nice trail, really peaceful, being next to the river kind of gives you a feeling that you're in the mountains.

hiking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Decent trail with pretty good views of the mountains. Switchbacks kicked my butt but not terrible. Didn't see any wildlife though

hiking
Wednesday, June 07, 2017

We were originally going to hike Tolmie, but it was still closed due to snow. Hiked the 4 miles or so down to the river had some lunch and trekked back up. We have a six and nine year old who did very well. There is lots of switch backs so it helps with how much elevation you cover. The forest was beautiful as was the river, however if you want a hike with lots of spectacular views this is not it. It's pretty, but more a jaunt in the woods rather than breathtaking views that Rainier is know for.

hiking
Tuesday, June 06, 2017

We hiked this trail because the road to Tolmie Peak was closed. A ranger told me that the gates are predicted to open again on 6/250/17. Paul Peak was an okay hike to me. Be careful, the road is a little bit rough. There are a lot of big deep holes on the rode. I didn't have any problems driving my Subaru Legacy Outback. If your car's ground clearance is low, you have to drive very carefully or not drive on this road at all.

Friday, April 07, 2017

great trail for the dogs and the whole family

walking
Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Serene & beautiful

trail running
Monday, October 24, 2016

Awesome trail for the magnificence of the forest and the view . I continued the trail via the Paul Peak link which take you to the upper lake after a long climb out , but the reward of the falls and the lake is fantastic, especially when 3 Nice ladies serve you hot tea at the top !

Friday, September 30, 2016

great trail!!!

this lake is not in Orting, it's up past Carbinado

Amazingly beautiful place!

Check to make sure the snow is melted before going.

Went on a cloudy Memorial Day weekend hike, started at the Mowich Lake trailhead, up to the lake then looped on the gravel road back to the station. Trail was pretty nice, only saw a couple people in the morning so not too busy. Lots of beautiful cascades and waterfalls, but also lots of fallen logs to scramble over which were a little slippery. Lake was absolutely beautiful and crystal clear at the end of the trail, still at least a couple feet of snow at the campsite and the first mile or so back down the road.

So beautiful!! would do it again in a heart beat

hiking
Friday, May 27, 2016

We ended up hiking this trail because the road to Spray Falls was closed, so we went into this blind. The road getting here is ROUGH. I drive a 4 wheel drive Ford Escape and it was still not an easy trek. The trail itself is very beautiful and quiet. Quite a few downed trees that you have to climb over. The reason I will never do this trail again is that you start by going downhill, then you have to turn around and go back up too many switchbacks to count. We went all the way to the river to eat a lunch, stick our feet in the cold glacier water, and prepare for our hike back up. In total it was about 8 miles. There are a few times on the switchbacks that you can see the mountain, and it is breathtakingly beautiful.

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