There can't be a better time to hike to Spray Park than now. Avalanche lilies are in their prime and indian paintbrush just beginning to bloom. This area is among the wilder parts of Mt. Rainier NP.
I believe this is the same bear we have seen in prior visits enjoying munching on the wildflowers. He pretty much ignored hikers but keep your distance and carry bear spray. This young buck just ignored me while he continued his grazing on avalanche lilies.
Right now, there are quite a few snowmelt fed tarns, most of which dry up by the end of August. Great place to see reflections of the mountain. You won't find views like this elsewhere.
Turn around looking north and you and you see even more reflections.
Here's one of my favorites.
Mountain views from Spray Park are truly unique and big. Avalanche lilies everywhere.
There is one lake near the top that stays wet throughout the year.
Access to the trailhead begins at Mowich Lake which you can drive too. Depending on how far up the Park you go, plan on an 8 to 9 mile hike round trip with 1,500 feet of elevation gain. And don't forget to see Spray Falls on the way up - one of the more spectacular waterfalls in Mt. Rainier NP.