If you think nothing compares to Mount Rainier’s Paradise, with its dazzling wildflowers set against an icy backdrop, you haven’t seen Spray Park. Located on the quieter northwest side of the mountain and accessible by a bumpy dirt road, Spray gets a fraction of the foot traffic at heavily touristed Paradise. Wander along the Wonderland Trail past aptly named Spray Falls—splashing 300 feet down a cliff face of volcanic andesite rock—to this magnificent alpine garden, lush with purple lupines that match shades of the sunset.
Insider Tip Wildflowers are optimal in late July.
Distance from Downtown 75 miles
Permits and Passes National Park Entrance fee; dogs prohibited.
Map Green Trails no. 269 Mt Rainier West