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Address: Mount Rainier National Park, WA
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A lake within Mount Rainier National Park.

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beware of reserved spots

We loved our time at this CG, but please be aware that most of the spots are reserved to backpackers, and this is poorly marked. As you enter the camping loop from the parking... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We loved our time at this CG, but please be aware that most of the spots are reserved to backpackers, and this is poorly marked. As you enter the camping loop from the parking area, the tent pads on the left side are for campers who have driven in, and these spots cannot be reserved ahead of time. The tent... More 

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Indianapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2016

It feels like you are right at the base of the snow line, and remote, yet accessible. Many small trails stem from this area, and the views are incredible! We've camped here twice so far.

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Thank Bf B
Jupiter, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2015

We took the trip out to Mowich on our way back after spending time in the other parts of the park. It was well worth the drive, beautiful lake, great spot to picnic.

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Boston
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2015

Mowich Lake has a nice campground and is a great jumping off place for hikes to Spray Park. While a serious hike, the trail is good and, midsummer, the flowers are guaranteed to amaze you. This year they were gone in August when I visited, but two years ago they astounded me and I've done plenty of hiking in Alpine... More 

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Otley West Yorkshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2015 via mobile

The drive could be a bit testing. The road gives way to a track which is best suited to four wheel drive. We had a family hatchback and we managed but it took longer than it should have, this part of the road was 12miles. We stopped a few times to see if we could get a decent view of... More 

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Snoqualmie, Washington
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

a great alpine lake that has camping. not visited much maybe due to being on the less popular side of the mountain(not paradise), or the fact that there is a fairly long gravel road to access this area. once up there expect nice camping and great hiking on trails that lead to views not available to cars.

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New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

pretty lake high up the carbon entrance. There is no ranger presence here, no visitor center, so you come here to hike or camp. The summit of Ranier is not visible from the parking area, but is if you take the trails.

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Washington State
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We went on the hike to Spay park. The trailhead is at Mowich Lake. My husband and I are in our 40's and in okay shape. There were a couple of stretches that were decently uphill. And they were longer than our endurance could take. We rested a few times and it was all worth it. The views of the... More 

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Houston, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015

Went from the seattle airport took the wrong turn on way to mount rainier park and landed here. The road is real bad. If there is a car in front of you, you will not be able to see anything because of the dust. Wait for it to pass and then drive. Be careful where the road is very narrow... More 

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Tacoma, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

This is always my favorite hike as you are guaranteed views of the incredible Mt Rainer at each turn. The trail is well maintained and can be hiked by all types of hikers. Just be sure to wear the right shoes and bring lots of water. Saw people swimming in both lakes

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