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

Hike the old Carbon River Road from the park boundary for 5 miles, gaining 600 feet of elevation, to the Ipsut Creek Camp (2,400 ft).

Information for Leaders


  • 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
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Upcoming Activities

Day Hike - Carbon River Road

Day Hiking Trip
Two waterfalls! This is a great opportunity to hike a low-elevation old growth forest. The
Difficulty: Moderate
Sat, Aug 31, 2019
No Prerequisites
0 participants
Registration closes Aug 29
Everett Branch
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