Carbon River Rain Forest Nature Trail

EASY 12 reviews
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Carbon River Rain Forest Nature Trail is a 0.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Buckley, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October.

0.3 miles
65 feet

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running




wild flowers


old growth


no dogs

Mount Rainier National Park 55210 238th Avenue East Ashford, Washington 98304-9751 (360)-569-6501

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

This side of the park is much less visited. This trail was a bit overgrown, but that was welcome considering how worn the main area is. A bridge midway through the loop is out (has been for a while) and impassable. The loop is short enough you can make two out-and-backs to cover the whole loop.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Went on a little stroll with my 1 year old. Love all that this hike has to offer with such a short distance. Lots to look at. My little one loved walking across the little bridges and the wooden path. Would love to come back here for family photos. The trail bridge was washed out but we walked it each way. We got about 1/2 way up the west boundary trail but turned around. Steep incline with a baby in a pack!!

Monday, August 29, 2016

The loop trail is washed out so you can't go all the way around. The 1.3 mile hike to the falls is the only option. If you're up for a 45 minute steep hike then I would highly recommend it.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Our favorite hike.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Rain Forest Nature Trail is a very easy stroll. Very family friendly, not a hard hike at all. It connects to the West Boundary Trail, which is what we actually hiked (I cannot find it on this site). As for West Boundary it was a moderate hike. We took the GPS and it was about a 3000 foot elevation gain for a 3 mile round trip hike that took us about 2 1/2 - 3 hours. There wasn't too much snow, just enough to enjoy yet maintain footing. Watch out for ice!

Wednesday, May 15, 2013

This is a super easy loop trail right out of the parking lot of the Carbon River enterance to Mt. Rainier Park. You are going to need a Mt Rainier National Park Pass, it's $15 for a day or $30 for the year, we chose the $30 because each parks enterance has at least a weeks worth of fun. Ok back to the trail the reason this trail is getting a high rating is not for the small loop trail wich is very nice and well maintained, but for the West Boundry trail that we did that isn't marked at the beginning of the loop but the trailhead starts on the far side of the loop. We tracked it with GPS and the West Boundry trail up to the waterfall was 1.5 miles each way with an almost 3,000 foot elevation gain. Where the loop trail is easy like a stroll in the park, the Boundry trail is steep and demanding. You get some nice views on the hike up including some crazy rock/mud slides below, but thats when you realize your standing on part of the slide and it gets a little creepy because the rocks tend to move when you step on them. If your feeling adventurous I would recommend The west boundry trail. If you just want an informative pretty stroll, just do the nature loop. See you out there...

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