• Mount Rainier peeks through clouds, viewed across subalpine wildflowers and glacial moraine.

    Mount Rainier

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Carbon Glacier and Moraine Park Trails

Trail route from Carbon River entrance past Carbon Glacier to Morain Park/ NW.
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.
 

Trail Description:

Carbon Glacier

Moraine Park

Distance, round-trip:

17 miles

21 miles

Elevation gain:

1640 feet

3740 feet

Hiking time, round-trip:

8 hours

11 hours

Wilderness camps: Ipsut Creek, Carbon River, Dick Creek

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.


Along the
Trail:


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.


Backpacking:


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.

Did You Know?

Floyd Schmoe, Mount Rainier's first full-time Park Naturalist.

Floyd Schmoe was Mount Rainier's first full-time Park Naturalist. In 1923, he launched the park's "Nature Notes", a series of writings on various park-related topics. There are hundreds of editions of the notes in the park's collection, all of which are accessible through the Mount Rainier History & Culture webpage: More...