Moraine Park Trail Mystic Lake Trail is a tough day hike or backpacking trip in Mount Rainier National Park that winds through tremendous mountain scenery. The park says "this hike offers a close-up view of the lowest glacier in elevation in the contiguous 48 states and the source of the Carbon River. Do not approach the glacier as rock and ice fall are common! In mid-summer, Moraine Park presents a colorful array of wildflowers and outstanding views of Mount Rainier." As for backpacking opportunities, the park says there are "three camps are located along this section of trail at distances of 5 miles (Ipsut Creek), 7.9 miles (Carbon River), and 9 miles (Dick Creek) from the trailhead. Permits are required for camping." Mount Rainier has plenty of camping available. Cougar Rock Campground is located in the southwest section of the park, Ohanapecosh Campground is in the southeast, White River is in the northeast section and Mowich Lake is a small tent only campground in the northwest section of Mount Rainier.
Entrance, Camping and Backcountry Fees
Contact: Mount Rainier National Park 55210 238th Ave East Ashford, WA 98304
Mount Rainier Trails