Mount Rainier: off the beaten track
Mowich Lake and Grove of the Patriarchs are in two less-visited corners of the park.
Northwest travel guides
Mowich LakeMount Rainier National Park’s largest and deepest lake is pristine and remote, reached by miles of unpaved road in the park’s northwest corner. Once you’ve explored the lakeside, fabulous Spray Park is a 7-mile round-trip hike, a highly worthwhile day’s outing in wildflower season. Road usually open early July to mid-October.
Grove of the Patriarchs
Off the Stevens Canyon Road, this stand of well-named old-growth greenbeards has escaped wildfire through the centuries in part by being situated on an island in the Ohanapecosh River. Some tower 300 feet. Toured in a 1.5-mile round-trip walk that includes a suspension bridge kids will love.