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Spray-Seattle Park

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This journey combines many area highlights: Spray Park & Falls, Seattle Park, views and wildflowers.


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Map Key

7.2

Miles

11.6

KM

Point to Point

6,369' 1,941 m

High

3,233' 985 m

Low

1,836' 560 m

Up

3,423' 1,043 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

48%

Max Grade (26°)

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Features River/Creek · Views · Waterfall · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

Starting from the junction of the Wonderland Trail near the southern end of Mowich Lake, follow the Spray Park trail south, contouring around Fay Peak on mostly level terrain. This densely forested area persists across Lee Creek and past the Eagle Cliff area. Turn east and before tackling the grueling switchbacks along Grant Creek, visit Spray Falls via the short Spray Falls Spur. The reward for surmounting these intense switchbacks is the magnificent wildflower meadows of Spray Park. Plan to dawdle here for some time, enjoying the views of Rainier and the huge vistas.

Cross over the rocky ridge separating Spray Park from Seattle Park, following cairns if the weather is bad. Use care crossing the snow fields. Descend the mountain's flank crossing more islands of trees and scree. Upon leaving the snow behind and reaching the braided headwaters of Marmot Creek, you may opt to rest awhile in pretty Seattle Park. Continue north, switchbacking steeply downhill beside Marmot Creek.

Finally, this plunge abates when Cataract Creek appears. Travel more mellow terrain through Cataract Valley with it's multiple mini-falls tumbling down the hillsides. The trail becomes increasingly overgrown here, although there are many varieties of wildflowers and berries to enjoy. The Spray-Seattle Park Trail ends at an intersection with the Wonderland Trail where the Cataract Creek empties into Carbon River. Just a short distance to the east on the Wonderland Trail is the bouncy suspension bridge.

Flora & Fauna

Mountain goats, black bear, fox, deer, marmots, eagles. Lupine, paintbrush, etc.

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Megan W

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  4.4 from 5 votes

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Photos

Great Sunrise on Mt. Rainier from the approach trail
Jul 22, 2018 near Eatonville, WA
The eponymous Mt. Rainier.
Feb 26, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
View of Mt Rainier from Spray Park
Sep 7, 2018 near Eatonville, WA
Mt. Rainier after a long dry summer.
Nov 11, 2016 near Eatonville, WA
Is that Mount Rainier? I think it is.
Feb 26, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Spray Falls
Feb 26, 2015 near Eatonville, WA

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Sep 21, 2019
Shuraih Latifi
Jul 21, 2019
Nick Sneaux
Jul 21, 2018
Geoff Pleiss
Jul 15, 2017
Brad Strathman
This hike leads to the wonderful Spray Falls then continues to Seattle Park and the Carbon River. Back up Upset Pass. Brings lots of water. 16.1mi
May 13, 2017
Ed McPhillips