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    Paul Peak Trail

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    10.1 km
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    417 m
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    Directions to Trailhead

    The Paul Peak Trail is a 10.1 km lightly trafficked out and back trail in Mount Rainier National Park that is rated as moderate. This trail is mostly through the shaded forest and leads to a river that’s wonderful to cool down in. While there aren’t many mountain views on this one, it’s perfect for hot days or trail running.

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    Route Description for Paul Peak Trail

    Shrouded in trees, shady, and cool, Paul Peak Trail is ideal in the heat of the summer. Because of its constant undulations, it’s a popular pick for trail runners. The river at the end of the hike is a nice spot to skip some stones and cool off.

    From the parking area on the road, take the trail heading roughly south. Cross Meadow Creek and enjoy the serenity of the mature forest all around you. The trail curves and then switchbacks, culminating in two broad hairpin turns before reaching the North Mowich River.

    To return, retrace your steps.

    Getting to the Paul Peak Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Paul Peak Trail is off Mowich Lake Road just inside the western boundary of the park. Look for the parking area on your right if you’re coming from the west.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground


    • When to do


    • Pets allowed


    • Family friendly

      Older Children only

    • Route Signage


    • Crowd Levels


    • Route Type

      Out and back

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