Spray Park Trail to Mount Pleasant
Spray Park is the perfect starting point for a trek to Mount Pleasant, and this moderate out and back trail in Mount Rainier National Park is a great way to experience the classic beauty of Rainier—wildflowers, waterfalls, mountain peak—without the same level of traffic you’d find on similar trails in the park. With a bit of a challenge on switchbacks making you feel like you earned your views. A pit-stop at Spray Falls on the way to Mount Pleasant makes for a perfectly charming day out.
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Route Description for Spray Park Trail to Mount Pleasant
The hike to Mount Pleasant on Spray Park Trail is pleasant indeed, offering a moderate physical challenge in exchange for carpets upon carpets of wildflowers, Spray Falls, and the views from Mount Pleasant. You’ll need to work a bit harder on the switchbacks to the summit, but this hike offers no technical challenge and lighter crowds than many in the park, making it well worth it.
From the Mowich Lake campground, take the trailhead to the left of the facilities. You’ll be hiking on the Wonderland Trail for about three tenths of a mile, then keeping left onto the Spray Park Trail. Cross Lee Creek and continue on the obvious path.
Two viewpoints come along shortly after, the first being Eagle Cliff and the second Spray Falls. Both are on hiker’s right. Right after Spray Falls, the trail steeply switchbacks to gain elevation, then evens out a bit and crosses Grant Creek.
Just before re-crossing the creek, you’ll reach a junction. Keep left. Another creek crossing follows shortly thereafter. Take on a couple more (narrower) switchbacks, keeping to the right at a T-intersection where a trail leads to Hessong Rock on the left.
To the right is the final ascent to Mount Pleasant. From here, most hikers will retrace their steps to return, but you can continue to follow the ridgeline on Knapsack Pass Trail for a ways, perhaps even making a loop by rejoining Spray Park Trail and hiking southwest back to the junction at Grant Creek.
Insider Hints for Spray Park Trail to Mount Pleasant
- The road to Mowich tends to get washboarded and potholed, so drive slowly and take a vehicle with at least moderate clearance.
- The bugs can be bothersome on this trail, particularly in the Spray Park meadow. Bring lots of bug spray!
- Parking at Mowich gets busy, so we recommend arriving early.
Getting to the Spray Park Trail to Mount Pleasant Trailhead
To get to the trailhead for the hike up Spray Park Trail to Mount Pleasant from Wilkeson, drive south on State Route 165, keeping right at the Y-junction after you cross Carbon River. Drive for 27.4 km to Mowich Lake.
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