Carbon River Road


Day Hike - Carbon River Road

This is a fairly gentle warm up for the coming hiking season.

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  • Moderate
  • Easy
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 600 ft


Meeting time is 8:00AM at the South Hill Park and Ride. That's at the SW corner of 94th Ave and 104th Street E, just up on top of the hill from the south of the Puyallup fairgrounds. We generally park on the far west (furthest from the bus loading area). We will carpool to some degree from that point. The parking area at the Carbon River entrance to the Park is not large. Those who drive will need either a Park entrance pass of some sort or will need to purchase a day permit.

Please send any questions to me via email    I will get back to you within a day.

As scheduled, this will be a 10 mile round trip so it may be a bit above the first time hiker or small children. With that said, we'll go as slow as the slowest person needs to go. Teens are welcome but be sure that you are aware of current Mountaineers' youth in adult programs policies and that I have the appropriate emergency information. (It's not really all that onerous.) If you feel the distance is within your range, new members and guests are welcome. It's a chance to come "kick the Mountaineers tires" and see who we are. This is listed as "easy" because of the flatness and speed but many might consider it moderate.

Please be sure to have at least an abbreviated 10 essentials, lug soled shoes, lunch, snacks and a couple of quarts of liquid. Expect rain or mist and have good rain gear available. I'd suggest something to sit on ... at least a garbage sack. It's not a bad idea to have a set of dry clothes to slip into when you get back to the cars if we get too wet. It just makes the trip home more comfortable. Bring along your camera. Grand vistas don't present themselves but we travel along a storied "braided river" and one of the most in-tact inland rainforests left in the United States.

Please send any questions to me via email    I will get back to you within a day.


Carbon River Road

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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