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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.

Length 0.3 mi Elevation gain 65 ft Route type Loop

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Bridge out

Snow

No dogs

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This side of the park is much less visited. This trail can sometimes be a bit overgrown. 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.

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

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Jason Landstrom
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Hiking

Not maintained. Used to be such a fun little trail. Most it is falling apart.

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Sean Ayles
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Judi Moccia-Sattler
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Elliot Gilfix
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Hiking

Very easy trail about 15 minutes from the intersection of the road headed toward Mowich Lake. This was the first trail we did during our week at Mount Rainier. It was a nice introduction to the park and a good reminder that Mount Rainier is much more than just a mountain, and is in fact home to numerous types of ecosystems.

Amanda Brasch
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HikingBridge out

Extremely easy. The bridge half way around the loop is out though. We continued around to the waterfalls, which is another 1.3 miles each way. It was worth it though. The falls were a hidden gem. The trail to get to the falls though is difficult. It is many switchbacks and very steep incline.

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Jayson Woodruff
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Hiking

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.

Kelsey Hill
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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!!

Brooke Ada
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Backpacking

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.

Michael B.
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Hiking

Our favorite hike.

Mike Bates
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Hiking

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!

Rob Herrmann
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Hiking

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...

Schuyler Boone
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Terri Doughty
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Brian Buldhaupt
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Stacy Johnson
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Pratik Soni
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Dwight E.
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jordan ford
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Brandon Goforth
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Justin Brown
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Charles Monday
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Michelle Johnson
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Andrea Dahlgren
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Diana Fein
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Richard Hulme
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