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Carbon River Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

5.4 mile 8.7 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 658' 201 m
Descent: 0' 0 m
High: 2,434' 742 m
Low: 1,775' 541 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 5% (3°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

An old road turned trail leading to the Wonderland Trail along the banks of the Carbon River.

Brian Smith

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Description

The Carbon River Trail now begins at the Carbon River entrance at the northwest border of the park. This is due to flooding which altered the roadbed and closed the road to vehicles. Bikes are allowed on the portion of the trail on the old road bed, from the Carbon River Entrance to Ipsut Creek Campground. Bikes are not allowed on trails past the campground. Given that this trail follows an old roadbed, it's quite easy-going. The grade stays consistent at ~2%.

After reaching Ipsut Creek Campground, the trail maintains a gentle uphill grade as it parallels the Carbon River. At 1.7 miles from the Ipsut Creek Campground, cross the Carbon River on a foot log bridge. Once across, continue upriver to reconnect with the Wonderland Trail at the Carbon River Suspension Bridge. Do not cross the suspension bridge, continue straight to the Carbon Glacier overlook.

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Jan 27, 2019
Edgar Joe
Jun 20, 2018
Nathan Willard
We found a short trail to an abandoned mine about a mile down the trail. As we left the mine the rain started to come down heavy so we left. 3.2mi
Mar 19, 2017
Genna Olson
May 2, 2016
Porsche Blake
7.4mi — 11h 00m

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  2.7 from 3 votes

#14

in Carbon/Mowich

#30994

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#14

in Carbon/Mowich

#1,581

in Washington

#30,994

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Photos

A small creek a bit uphill off trail from the Carbon River Basin
May 16, 2019 near Buckley, WA
A creek near the Carbon River
May 16, 2019 near Buckley, WA
Boardwalk on the Rain Forest Trail near the Carbon River entrance.
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NPS photo by Emily Brouwer
Mar 5, 2015 near Buckley, WA
carbon trail - 2 miles in from trailhead - deer crossing
May 5, 2019 near Buckley, WA
Going up the steep trail
Jun 10, 2016 near Buckley, WA

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