Mowich Lake, Mount Rainier National Park

Water Body · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Mowich Lake is a lake located in the northwestern corner of Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state at an elevation of 4,929 feet (1,502 m). The name "Mowich" derives from the Chinook jargon word for deer.
Access to the lake is provided by a 17 miles (27 km) long unpaved road which opens to vehicles in mid June to early July. Mowich Lake is also a busy campground during the summer with 30 walk-in tent camping spots. Bathrooms, tables, and trash bins are provided.

From the Mowich campground, hikers can reach the Wonderland Trail, Eunice Lake, Tolmie Peak, Spray Park, and Spray Falls. Old-growth trees, waterfalls, creeks, cliffs, and wildflower meadows are also located in and around the area.

Fishing is generally poor at Mowich Lake because the area is not stocked with fish and no habitat is provided for natural spawning.
This body of water was named Crater Lake in 1883 by the geologist Bailey Willis under the belief that it was formed in a volcanic crater, however I. C. Russell later wrote that the land was shaped instead by ice erosion. Willis concurred. Correspondents to the U.S. Board on Geographic Names (BGN) proposed Mowich to avoid ambiguity with the well-known Crater Lake to the south in Oregon. Mowich Lake was designated the official name by the BGN in 1919. The name of its outflow Crater Creek remained unchanged.
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  • 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...  more »
  • 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...  more »
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  • Such a beautiful place, but filled with people that have no respect for the land. Stomping for all the flowers and feeding wildlife. So unfortunate.
  • Love this place! Great trails, gorgeous lake, decent camping. I've always loved camp robber birds. They'll eat from your hand which has always been fun for me.

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