Mowich Lake is a popular destination during the summer months. But when winter lays its frozen shroud across the lake, human visitation plummets.
Energetic snowshoers and cross-country skiers however can visit the lake by following the snow covered access road from the Paul Peak picnic area just beyond the park boundary. When snow levels are high enough to permit vehicle access to the national park boundary you can continue the rest of the way by foot on a peaceful, exhilarating and avalanche-free route.
Trailhead directions: From Buckley follow SR 165 south for 10.3 miles to junction just beyond the historic Fairfax Bridge spanning the Carbon River. Bear right and continue on SR 165 for another 11.0 (pavement ends at 1.6 miles) rough-at-times miles to the Mount Rainier National Park boundary. Proceed .7 mile farther to entrance station and Paul Peak.
• Map: Green Trails Maps – Mount Rainier Wonderland no. 269S
• Route is non-groomed and shared with skiers.
• Dogs are prohibited.
• SR 165 beyond Carbon River is unpaved and rough.