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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: N46 58.625, W121 49.892
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: N46 59.546, W121 51.034
Mile 3.7 – Chenuis Falls
Round Trip: 0.40 miles
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
GPS: N46 59.437, W121 50.640
Total Round Trip: 12.15 miles
Total Elevation Gain: 1,730 feet
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 (http://forecast.weather.gov/MapClick.php?lat=46.97837846572262&lon=-121.8600082397461)
Carbon River Area Trails (http://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/upload/Carbon-River_Mowich-Area-Trails-Aug11.pdf)
Hiking Guide Description and Trip Reports (http://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/green-lake)