Carbon River Area Trails Hike

  • May 4, 2013 · 8:00 AM
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Let’s hike the Carbon River road to the Chenuis Falls trailhead and do the following trails along the way. Everything should be snow free except for the last ¼ mile before Green Lake. Afterwards, we can stop at the 410 Café in Buckley for dinner.  I will need up to 3 people willing to drive.

Carbon River Road
Round Trip: 7.40 miles
Elevation Gain: 400 feet

Mile 0.0 – Rain Forest Loop Trail
Round Trip: 0.25 miles
Elevation Gain: 80 feet
GPS: N[masked], W[masked]

Mile 1.2 – Old Mine Trail
Round Trip: 0.50 miles
Elevation Gain: 100 feet

Mile 3.2 – Green Lake
Round Trip: 3.60 miles
Elevation Gain: 1,100 feet
GPS: N[masked], W[masked]

Mile 3.7 – Chenuis Falls
Round Trip: 0.40 miles
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
GPS: N[masked], W[masked]

Total Round Trip: 12.15 miles
Total Elevation Gain: 1,730 feet

Pace: Slow/moderate

Hiking Time: 6 hours

Maps: Green Trails Mount Rainier West, No. 269.

Contact: Carbon River Ranger Station, (360) 829-9639.

Permits/Regulations: $15 per vehicle for a 7-day entrance permit or $30 per vehicle for an annual pass. Group size limited to twelve. Fires prohibited. Dogs prohibited.

Special Features: Lakes, mountain views, old growth, rivers, waterfalls, wildlife.

Getting there: From Puyallup, drive 13 miles east on State Route 410 to Buckley. Turn right (south) onto SR 165. Proceed to the bridge over the Carbon River Gorge and then bear left to Mount Rainier National Park’s Carbon River Entrance.

Useful Links: 7-Day Weather Forecast

Carbon River Area Trails

Hiking Guide Description and Trip Reports

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  • Mike T.

    Great photos, Robert! Thanks for posting :)

    May 8, 2013

  • Sherry D.

    It was a beautiful hike! I loved the waterfall. The weather was perfect.

    May 5, 2013

  • Sharon

    OOPS ! Missed you ! I had another commitment and forgot ! Beautiful day.

    May 4, 2013

  • Vin K

    I am sorry that I could not attend the hike today. I did not feel well in the morning. There was no phone number to call. I apologize.

    May 4, 2013

  • Vin K

    Hello. I would like to go please. Do we meet at Stadium Tully's? And do I need to bring snowshoes, crampons, etc.

    May 3, 2013

    • Robert A

      Yes, we will meet at Stadium Tully's and carpool from there. You do not need snowshoes because we will only be hiking through about 1/4 mile of snow. However, you should have waterproof boots and the ten essentials.

      May 3, 2013

  • Clint S

    Sorry have to work

    May 3, 2013

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