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Carbon River Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 2.8 (4)

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


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5.4

Miles

8.7

KM

100%

Runnable

2,434' 742 m

High

1,775' 541 m

Low

658' 201 m

Up

0' 0 m

Down

2%

Avg Grade (1°)

5%

Max Grade (3°)

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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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Brian Smith

Trail Ratings

  2.8 from 4 votes

#14

in Carbon/Mowich

#38410

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#14

in Carbon/Mowich

#1,825

in Washington

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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
The trail sign. After reading the description of photos not to upload, I realized this photo is not needed.  Unfortunately, the cancel button did not let me skip uploading a photo.
Jul 6, 2021 near Buckley, WA

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