Carne Mountain Trail is a 7.7 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Stehekin, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, bird watching, and mountain biking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length7.7 miElevation gain3,579 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingMountain bikingBird watchingForestViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Washington State Tourism, P.O. Box 42500 , Olympia, WA, 98504-2500, Phone: 360-586-2088, tobyg@tourism.wa.gov

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.

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Lea Mae
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HikingGreat!MuddySnow

Great trail. Road to trailhead was clear, a little bumpy, suitable for any car in my opinion as long as you avoid the ruts. Trail is clear until 4800ft, starts out as slushy snow then turns into deep snow around 5100 ft. Didn't need traction devices, but waterproof boots and gators were nice to have.

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Monica Lough
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Denise Fonseca
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snow! this was my plan b of a hike and I didn't check the road conditions. 8 min to reach the trail and the road was full of snow, my low clearance car was not able to make it and I didn't want to insist on an error, I had to turn back and go to plan c hike. read the previous review about winter and be prepared! winter is coming!

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Eric Onnen
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Oct 14th: 3" snow at trailhead, 4' snow towards the top. Couldn't make it to the top because we didn't have snow-shoes and powder was above our knees making for a very slow climb. We only had crampons and trekking poles. Temp was mids 30s at the trailhead and low 20s towards the top. Bring a GPS for trail finding, it's completely buried in snow.

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Andrew Swanson
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WARNING: It's officially winter in the mountains, DO NOT attempt to drive to the trailhead without high clearance and 4wd/awd or there's a 100% guarantee you'll be stuck! Lots of potholes, huge, deep puddles, mud, and snow on the way once the pavement ends. You'll want a second person to help move bent branches out of the way unless you want to risk scratching your paint. Trail itself was mostly covered in snow starting about .5 miles in, gradually deepening as you ascend. Good chunk of the larches still had orange needles on them, but probably won't last more than another week if the snow and wind continue. The snow got very deep (2+ feet easily) less than 1mi from the true summit so we stopped there on a big rock we found, would've needed snowshoes to go any further. Crampons (for the less deep stuff) and/or snowshoes probably mandatory now, as well as waterproof boots. Trail was still pretty easy to follow despite eventually being completely covered in white.

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Kevin Honold
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monica madrigal
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Min Spencer
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Elle S
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Katie Cleveland
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Beautiful autumn colors the whole way!!! The views were spectacular!!!! A little Smokey from the fires. But really perfect day. Not too hot or cold. Not very buggy. There are a few fallen trees over the path. And I definitely recommend splitting off to the right when you hear the waterfall. Definitely worth it!!! Absolutely beautiful amazing trip. Not too many others on the trail. The parking at the trail head is full and limited. But there are a few hikes in the area that people are taking so this route wasn’t very busy.

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Kevin Flynn
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July 25, 2020: Only passed 4 people all day on a beautiful bluebird Saturday in July. Carne Mountain trail may be lightly trafficked, but it's worth noting the parking area fills up because of the other hikes in the area. Road is horrible, but there were sedans up there! Other than a few blow downs and marmot poop at the peak, it was a straightforward, standard PNW hiking trail.

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Douglas Kilpatrick
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HikingBugsMuddy

The road up is a bit of a doozy: our electric "SUV" (scare quotes required) took an hour to go the last 10 miles. the hike is great, and has great views on the trail and at the top. The top was occupied, however, by an infinite swarm of mosquitoes. we were unable to stay there for more than a few seconds.

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Allison Marshall
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Jen Turner
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The first few miles of switchbacks are a bit of a slog, but the payoff once you reach the meadow is worth it. Huge larch groves, not quite ready yet - probably another week or so to peak. Keep going past the meadow to reach the summit; it’s worth it. The views just keep getting better. A bit muddy past the snow line, but easy to do with hiking boots/poles. I’d do it again next week if it weren’t for the road there. The Phelps trail access road is 2.2 miles of very, very impressive potholes that were challenging to navigate in a Subaru Forester. Mine was the smallest car up there today; I wouldn’t try it in a sedan. The forest road up to it, as others have mentioned, is also not great - expect another 10 miles of very slow driving over potholes as well.

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Irina Denise
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The hike itself is incredible but wanted to warn anyone with a sedan. Even a car with higher clearance is questionable but the last few miles are essentially dirt crevasses so my car bottomed out a couple times. The 10-15mi leading up to that were also really rocky and out of shape. Not sure if it's worth the drive or potential longer hike with my subpar car unless it's optimal weather time of the year. It felt relatively easy even though it's a lot of elevation gain since the trail is mostly dirt. Some shade, some exposed, beautiful meadow at the top.

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Brian Stroh
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The downloadable trail starts way before the trailhead and ends way before the summit. This recording shows exactly trailhead to summit.

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Albert Nakano
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Fantastic! I couldn't have asked for a better day. It was the perfect larch hike with blue skies, cool temperatures, and larches at their peak.

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MC Hiker
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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 a few 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.

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Johan Spieker
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Isabel Netelenbos
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Jackie Serrano
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Li Sun
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Ryan C
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Wendy Kriston
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Patty Richter
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Sophie Cowan
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