Carne Mountain Trail is a 8.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Leavenworth, Washington and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and mountain biking and is best used from June until October.
Directions from Lake Wenatchee: Travel north on Forest Service Road 6200 to Phelps Creek Campground at the end of the road. Just before the campground, veer right at the Y and look for the Carne Mountain Trailhead on the right.
Excellent hike for mountain views. Most people head straight up the Phelps Creek trail to Spider Meadow, so I only saw one other person on the side trail to Carne Mountain even on a bright sunny Saturday. Starts out with switchbacks in the shade of the trees and then opens up with great views of Buck Mountain. Keep climbing and you will eventually come to a flat meadow with a creek running through it, as well as dozens of marmots. After about another 1/4 mile you will see a sign for the Old Gib Mountain trail. Instead take the trail left until you reach the pass. Take another left for a short scramble up to the peak of Carne Mountain and endless views of snow covered peaks and green meadows.