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Results List

6 Hikes

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
25.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4400 ft.
Highest Point: 6100 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(4 votes)
Trail Closed: As of 11/16/21 The entire Carbon River area is closed due to a road washout making it unsafe to access this area. Please respect this closure.
Mystic Lake is a charming emerald tarn nestled in a subalpine basin along the Wonderland Trail. A scenic saddle separates it from Moraine Park, an expansive mountain meadow threaded with gurgling brooks under the dome of Mount Rainier. Getting there requires first hiking or biking the 5 miles of closed Carbon River Road and then hiking to the Carbon Glacier. This route is longer than starting at Sunrise, but backpackers will appreciate the numerous streams and forest shade.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
24.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5500 ft.
Highest Point: 6000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Trail Closed: As of 11/16/21 The Carbon River area is closed to all visitors due to a road washout making it unsafe to access this area. Please respect this closure.
A section of the Wonderland Trail between Ipsut Creek and Mystic Lake, starting from the Carbon River trailhead.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
20.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 8000 ft.
Highest Point: 6750 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(1 vote)
This 20-mile section of the longer 93-mile Wonderland Trail covers the northern section of the loop from Mowich to Sunrise, utilizing the Spray Park alternate.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
18.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5200 ft.
Highest Point: 5000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(6 votes)
The trail to Sunset Park and Golden Lakes is a section of the longer 93-mile Wonderland Trail that can also be hiked as an out-and-back beginning at Mowich Lake.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
34.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 10521 ft.
Highest Point: 6000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(1 vote)
A section of the Wonderland Trail. It is a strenuous hike with ample elevation gain and loss through lowland forests, valleys, into high alpine and sub-alpine areas. You move through forests with moss and ferns, wildflower-filled rolling meadows, and along hillsides covered in beargrass and thick with huckleberry bushes.
 
 

Mount Rainier Area -- NW - Carbon River/Mowich

 
21.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3300 ft.
Highest Point: 6000 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(5 votes)
The Wonderland Trail has been described as magical, hiking through a wispy-clouded August sky to the many glaciers, river valleys and high alpine meadows all while traveling through the through Rainier's backcountry. Klapatche Park will give you a chance to experience the Wonderland Trail with only 21 miles of hiking.