Mowich Lake

Mowich Lake, Mount Rainier National Park: Address, Mowich Lake Reviews: 4.5/5

Mowich Lake
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A lake within Mount Rainier National Park.
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CailTravels
California43 contributions
Campsites very close to each other and a rough road in
Aug 2021
We stayed here for a night to support someone who was doing the Wonderland Trails. Because he was backpacking, we had a site in the backpacker area. Half the sites are for backpackers and require pre-registration/wilderness permit, the other are for first come/first serve. Sites are right next to each other with no separation. Raised pad area for tents, and it can be hard to fit two on the pad if you have multiple tents.
Metal bear boxes for food are provided. We didn't have any bear issues but there are "robber birds' that are very brave and curious and will get into any food that is left out, even for a short time. Bathrooms were clean but ran out of toilet paper late at night. It was restocked in the morning. No showers and no potable water. Bring in your own water. Parking lot fills up early. The drive in is rough and could be tough on a standard car. Mostly SUVS, trucks, and crossover type vehicles were make the drive in. Not really a place you want to hang out and lounge by the campsites as you are pretty much right on top of the next site. More a stay over point for hikers or a jumping off point for day hikes. Lake is BEAUTIFUL!
Written August 15, 2021
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Nicole
Seattle32 contributions
perfection!
Jul 2020
drive towards Carbon River entrance, thru Wilkerson, plus 14 miles on dirt road... SO WORTH IT!
drive right to Mowich Lake, alpine lake! Spend the day (or use the trails to hike to Eunice Lake, then Tolmie Peak.
I brought my kayak, and paddleboard. Nothing like it, seeing the deep, clear water, the high cliffs and Mt Rainer.
* be prepared. No cell service, it is remote. Bring everything you need.
*pay Mt Rainer entrance fee or get a pass.
Written August 3, 2020
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midnightsnacks
Deep River, CT91 contributions
Terrible
Jul 2019 • Couples
The drive in will destroy your car. It's cold, no bathroom, no views, absolutely terrible. Crowded with rude families
Written August 24, 2019
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Elliot
Mount Gilead, OH175 contributions
Beautiful lake
Aug 2019
Gorgeous lake in Mount Rainier National Park. There aren’t really any views of the mountain itself, but the rock outcroppings and hills are nonetheless impressive too. Flowers are abundant, as are birds. Saw some people kayaking on this lake. Seems extremely tranquil here.
Written August 13, 2019
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SDR007
Detroit, MI479 contributions
Gorgeous Lake
Sep 2018 • Solo
Canoes glide across this subalpine lake and the reflection of the mountains makes it a delightful experience. Fishing is popular and so is hiking. The road to Mowich is unpacked after the first three miles and maybe rough.
Written September 24, 2018
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Erick M
4 contributions
Fantastic views
Jul 2018 • Family
Perfect for Kayaking or a small raft. Beautiful views.
Be ready with $30 cash or check per vehicle..
Written July 16, 2018
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sm1710
dundee, scotland79 contributions
Stunning lake
Aug 2017 • Couples
We decided to go to the "quieter" side of Mount Rainier and do several hikes around Mowich Lake.

The drive involves 14 miles of unpaved roads, which are easily passable in a 2wd in good conditions. Be aware though, there are some fairly major potholes that would do significant damage to your vehicle.

There is a pay station just outside the park, keep a lookout for fee free days.

There are toilets at Mowich Lake, and some picnic tables at the campsite.

The lake itself is beautifully clear. You can relax at points around the lake, and even swim if you can cope with the cold!

You can get restricted views of Rainier from the opposite side of the lake to camp, however the real reason for coming here is to hike.
Written August 26, 2017
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Davisfamily4
Lebanon, MO153 contributions
Breathtaking!!!
Sep 2016 • Family
We took an RV with 4 adults/2 children to Mowich Lake at Mt. Rainier! I must say that the road to get there was worrisome! There is about 15 miles of ROUGH dirt road that shook us all to the core in the RV BUT WORTH IT! My advice is to NOT go in an RV but it was an amazing adventure despite the rough road! You pay $20 for a 7 day pass which is super reasonable (even though we were only going for a single day trip). They have lots of trails around this stunning crystal clear treasure and amazing views and the complete sound of silence! Please note you can't take your four legged friend on the trails😥. A MUST SEE!
Written September 11, 2016
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Dr_C_and_E
Orange County, CA316 contributions
Amazing Forest Walk
Sep 2016 • Couples
Easy drive from Olympia, Puyallup or Tacoma for a day hike in Mt Rainier National Park. Be sure to arrive early for a parking spot and expect to pay $25 Park fee per automobile for 7 day parking permit. Mowich Lake is pristine with a glass like surface. The Lakeshore Trail goes along the lake's side with multiple picturesque overlooks. Amazing forest walk continues beyond the lake. Truly breathtaking for us city-folk!
Written September 8, 2016
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travelbug57-seattle
seattle3 contributions
beware of reserved spots
Aug 2016 • Friends
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 pads on the right side of the circle are for backpackers. The signage is poor, and we accidentally camped in the backpacker area, and a very angry backpacker informed us that we needed to move, and that she had the right to kick us out. Lucky for us there was still a spot on the other side. Also, the pads are all extremely close to each other. No trees between, as the parks department is really just trying to maximize tent spots for folks who are really there to hike or walk down to the lake, not hang out at their camping spot.
Written August 20, 2016
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