Mount Rainier National Park
238th Ave. East
Ashford, WA 98304
WELCOME to Carbon and Mowich!
named for coal deposits found in the area, is located in the park�s
northwest corner. Within Mount Rainier National Park, Carbon River
receives the greatest amount of precipitation. Because of this
climate, this area is home to a temperate rainforest.
The Carbon River road was washed out by the
2006 flood and is open only to the entrance station of the park.
Road repairs outside of the park have further limited access to this
area. For more information check the road status page. Carbon is
reached via State Route 165.
At Carbon River:
- At the Carbon River Entrance Station, a
short loop trail takes visitors through a fine example of
a temperate rain forest.
- The Ipsut Creek Campground and picnic
area are located 5 miles from the Carbon River
- Due to the 2006 flood the road is closed to
vehicles, but open to hikers with a backcountry camping permit.
Road repairs outside of the park have further restricted access.
From Ipsut Creek there is a 3.6 mile (one way)
trail leads to the Carbon Glacier, one of the largest and
lowest glaciers in the lower 48 states.
Mowich Lake is
the largest and deepest lake in Mount Rainier National Park. The
road is unpaved after the first three miles and may be rough. It is
generally open mid-July to mid-October. Check the road status prior
to visiting this area. Mowich is reached via State Route 165.
- The Mowich Lake Campground and picnic
area are located 6 miles from the Mowich Entrance.
Enjoy these day hikes at Carbon River and
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