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.

I take my toddler to orting all the time for the foothills trail. We have explored a few parts of it and there is still so much more to see and experience. Cool river view points and an awesome view of Mt Rainer.

25 days ago

Great hike, different than the norm.
Not big on spectacular views of the mountain.
Mostly hiking in the forests.
The final four mile hike back up the hill to Mowich will get you.
This is a 22 mile out and back hike. Alltrails must use some Martian miles measurements.

Love this trail for jogging with my kids who bike while I run. My daughter doesn't like pedaling up hills - she's fine with this trail as it is flat plus I get my Mojo seeing the Mountain. You'll be able to see and hear the rushing water of Carbon River along a portion of the trail.

Ran the trail CCW. Started in the trees and worked up to a gradual ascent towards spray park. Beautiful alpine meadows and views of Mt. Rainier. The trail takes a steeper decent down to carbon river where it flattens out for a bit. The last 5 miles on the way back to Mowich were tough and steep.

Easy and flat, great for my young kids. we parked further away than necessary, lesson learned as it was still quite a hike to the first river access. Fun watching all the fly fisherman and their catches. Our kids loved the cold river and so did our Lab.

road biking
2 months ago

Lots of bikes- good amount of shade. If you start at trail head given here in Orting, you can go left towards the Safeway which is 7.5 miles to the Puyallup trail head with lots of farms and runs along 162. If you go right, it's 12 miles to Buckley with lots of shots of the river and pastures. Both ways offer good views of the mountain. Smooth, easy ride with more stop signs and road crossings than I like. Still a nice ride or walk regardless.


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

4 months 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.

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

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.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

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.

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.

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

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.

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

Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Serene & beautiful

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