“Take a nap among thousands of blossoms”
In many ways, you never recover from your first walk into Spray Park. The trail isn't difficult to follow. It's just difficult to forget. The 3.5-mile walk leads to seemingly endless open meadows of heather and alpine blossoms that tease the nose, ease the mind, and tickle the imagination. The place is a virtual lily factory. The so-called park itself--actually a vast corridor of open meadows interspersed among rocky moraines, lingering snow patches, whistling marmots, and sun-basking hikers--is a wonder to behold in the summer, truly qualifying as one of Rainier's most magnificent day-hike destinations. Even though the Mowich entrance to Rainier is a lesser-used, backdoor way into the park, this trail also can be (understandably) quite crowded. But Spray Park is a broad enough area, rife with so many hidden pockets of meadow between rock formations, that it's still possible to grab some solitude among the blossoms.
We went to Spray Falls (located on the property of Spray Park) last Saturday. We parked our cars at Mowich Lake and then went to trail that leads to Spray Falls (also known as Mystic Lake Trail).
It is very moderated hike - pretty much no elevation so it is easy to hike there with older people or little kids. We finished our hike in 2 hours (roundtrip) but if you wish, after visiting Spray Falls, you can keep going and go all the way to Mystic Lake (which is backpacking destination usually).
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