Map of the trail leading to Carbon Glacier and Moraine Park from Carbon River entrance station. Use of a topographic map of the area is recommended.
Hiking time, round-trip:
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Hike 5 miles along the Carbon River Road to Ipsut Creek Campground. From there, follow the Wonderland Trail 1.7 miles to a log bridge crossing over the Carbon River, continuing on to the Northern Loop trail junction. Turn right at the junction and hike up to the Carbon Glacier. Continue along the Wonderland Trail up a steep series of switchbacks through the forest to reach Moraine Park.
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.
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. Permits and current trail conditions are available park-wide from wilderness information centers, ranger stations, and visitor centers. Fires are prohibited. No pets on trails. Treat water before drinking.
Reserve your Wilderness Permit for backcountry camping and climbing.
Planning a trip into the Mount Rainier backcountry? Find out what the trails are like before you go.
Visit Mount Rainier: Carbon & Mowich
Carbon and Mowich are located in the park’s northwest corner