Carbon River Road

After repeated washouts, Mount Rainier National Park turned the Carbon River Road into a trail. This is a great opportunity to hike in low-elevation old growth forest. The hike to Ipsut Creek Camp is moderate at 10 miles round trip and 600 feet of elevation gain.

getting there

From SR 410 in Buckley, head south on SR 165. After crossing the Carbon River Gorge Bridge, bear left and proceed to the Mount Rainier National Park boundary (1,900 ft).

on the trail

After repeated washouts, Mount Rainier National Park turned the Carbon River Road into a trail. This is a great opportunity to hike in low-elevation old growth forest. Hike the old Carbon River Road from the park boundary to Ipsut Creek Camp (2,400 ft). It's a moderate at 10 miles round trip with 600 feet of elevation gain.  Hike to a river view point and and then to an old mine for a shorter hike of 6 miles round trip.

Information for Leaders

SCHEDULING & PERMIT INFORMATION

  • If you are scheduling this as a non-course related activity, please limit your group size to the default party size. The maximum party size is for use by course field trips only, and includes both students and instructors. Group size maximums do not reflect how course field trips are run (in smaller groups of students and instructors), but allow for course leaders to register the course in our system.
  • If you are scheduling a course field trip, please contact our Member Services Team to confirm the field trip and any permitting regulations.
  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking
  • Seasons: May, June, July, August, September, October, November
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Moderate, Easy
  • Length: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 600 ft
  • 2,400 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Rainier National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 24
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
Map
  • Green Trails Mt Rainier West No. 269
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Backpack - Ipsut Creek Camp

Backpacking Trip
Easy starter backpack to Ipsut Creek Camp. Preference given to Olympia Backpacking Class Students.
Difficulty: Easy
Thu, Jul 8, 2021 - Fri, Jul 9, 2021
No Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
4 participants on waitlist
Registration closes Jul 4
Olympia Branch

Backpack - Carbon River Road

Backpacking Trip
Basecamp Backpack to the Carbon River area with hikes to a lake almost every day.
Difficulty: Moderate, Moderate/Strenuous
Sun, Jul 25, 2021 - Wed, Jul 28, 2021
No Prerequisites
3 participants
Registration opens Jul 12
Seattle Branch
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Titles

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  • Ipsut Creek Camp
  • Old Mine Trail
  • Carbon River Road & Old Mine Trail
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