“An easily accessible nature trail enveloped by lush temperate rainforest.”
— Brian Smith
Birding · Wildlife
The temperate rainforest of Mount Rainier National Park is a rarity so far from the coast, well worth taking the family to visit this incredible site.
Rainforests seldom occur far from coastal areas, making the forest that grows in this valley unique. Use this trail to explore the only true inland rain forest in Mount Rainier NP. This trail is great for nature lovers, families and less adventurous or physically fit visitors alike.
Flora & Fauna
The Carbon River area includes old-growth forest and inland temperate rain forest. While touring the Rainforest Loop, you'll be surrounded by many of the following species common in this area:
Sitka spruce, Douglas-fir, Western hemlock, Western redcedar , Bigleaf maple, Vine maple, Red alder, Black cottonwood
Common Shrubs: Salmonberry, Huckleberry
Common epiphytes (plants growing on tree trunks & branches): Licorice fern, Oregon selaginella, Cat-tail moss, Lungwort
Common Understory Plants: Oregon oxalis, Sword fern, Lady fern, Stair-step moss & 100s of other species of mosses, lichens and liverworts