Florence Peak Trail

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Florence Peak Trail is a 7.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Ashford, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November.

Distance: 7.1 miles Elevation Gain: 3,697 feet Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

running

forest

river

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

blowdown

bugs

scramble

snow

no dogs

Start from the Carbon River entrance parking lot. This trail is not always obvious. GPS is recommended. You should walk along the short rain forest trail and continue up towards the Alki Crest trail. Follow the ridges lines. Poles and spikes are recommended when there is snow on the ground in the forest until late Spring. National park pass is required.

hiking
blowdown
scramble
snow
12 days ago

Definitely worth the hike if you push to the end. Went up the trail early Saturday morning. There was a fresh tree fall of these huge trees at about the half-way point, it was a real pain to get around. The last 1,000 metres the trail started fading out but the last person's tracks in the snow plus the infrequent tape on the odd tree helped out. Despite this, still had to check with the compass near the end when I lost the trail and I knew to head up the slope and follow the ridge line. Now that there's some snow on the peak, micro-spikes is a definite asset. Coming down the trail is a bit more slippery at least until the snow really falls. Oh by way, did the last person have a dog with him? I saw canine tracks AND goat tracks too following your trail. Next time I go up it's with tape to better mark the last section.

hiking
13 days ago

There's one down tree the rangers had cut. I put out pink ribbons where the tree was down and also at the top. But the trail was in great condition with some new powered snow the last 1.5miles. The summit was amazing. Want to do this trail in the spring/summer.

hiking
blowdown
17 days ago

Fabulous hike in the forest. No snow but cold. Note: please do not litter the trails with plastic markers.

hiking
muddy
rocky
1 month ago

hiking
2 months ago

Difficult hike, about 1,000 feet of vertical per mile but worth the view. The trail gets a little hard to follow the last mile or so but someone tied orange ribbon in a few places to mark the path. I uploaded a picture of a meadow you’ll find near the top. Make sure to go up and to the left through the meadow to find the last portion of the trail that goes to the peak. There were a couple of trees blown down but otherwise The trail was in good condition. The view from the top is great!! I also enjoyed how the forest morphed into more of an alpine forest the further you go. Happy hiking! Oh, and hiking poles would definitely help on this one.

hiking
3 months ago

According to our devices, it was an 11 mile hike roundtrip. The trail is not as maintained as Green Lake close by. It reminded us Mt Teneriffe through the Kamikaze trail, or Mailbox Peak through the old trail. A generation of old trails are not maintained and it seems the maintenance effort is going to less inclined trails. At any rate, this was challenging, but completely rewarding from the top view. The waterfall is 2/5s of the way, so you have more than half to go after it. At 3/5s of the way you'll see a bifurcation, take the left trail along the ridge, because the trail on the right only goes down. Later on you see that the trail goes to the right and downhill too; at that point find an orange ribbon on a tree, and some 60 feet ahead another orange ribbon. Follow them, as they connect you back to the correct trail. Like someone before said, use common sense: you need to go up, so stay on top of the ridge. Equal to Teneriffe and Mailbox, the last 400 feet are quite steep, so leave some energy for that, and you'll be rewarded. We climbed it in 3 hours and descended in 2. There's no trailhead marking from the parking lot. I asked a ranger that was just parking about the trailhead to Florence Peak, and with a whimsical look he said: "Florence Peak?!?". Yup, another glorious trail going to oblivion. Still, good exercise and recommended.

hiking
bugs
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

Trail is difficult, incline approximately 80-90% of the way up. Once you get to the waterfall keep going you’re only about 2/5 of the way there , don’t be discouraged. Follow the ridge line, the trail isn’t always obvious towards the end but use common sense. The trail is actually about 11 Miles in total. At the end there will be orange/red flagging tape towards the end and keep following it up the ridge. If you branch off and start going down the mountain, you went the wrong way, keep left remember the ridge line. I would recommend poles but not necessary. Took about 4-5 hours to get to the top, with multiple small breaks in between,but the view was incredible and absolutely worth it if you can stick through the “suck”.

hiking
4 months ago

Get ready for a vertical hike up about 4.5 miles where you will get to the top of Alki Crest. No views at the crest and no signs but there is a clear trail beyond that where it begins to go down hill. Turned back as it wasn’t clear what or how long to Florence Peak. Asked the local Ranger who also did not have any good advice.

hiking
4 months ago

My husband and I caught this trail at the back of the rain forest trail only wanting to go as far as the waterfall. We made it two miles in and turned around. This trail is nothing but incline and we never saw the waterfall.

hiking
over grown
scramble
5 months ago

Definitely closer to 11 miles. Trailhead is down the rainforest loop from Carbon River parking area. It's ALL up. The grade doesn't let up for 9 miles. Trail is easy to lose but I managed it with AllTrails offline maps. Someone left orange flags near the end to help. View at the very end is absolutely breathtaking.

hiking
6 months ago

A magical hike, amazing views from the peak. Take poles to stop slipping on the way down. GPS is handy, as some of the trail isn't clear. Almost ten miles.

hiking
7 months ago

Great little hike. Did it with my 3 year old on my back, 32lbs. Great training hike for bigger mountains to come in the summer. Creek isn’t much of a problem. In the final segment it is easy to loose the trail but just keep hugging the ridge on climbers left. You only get rewarded with a view at the very top so make sure you get there

hiking
off trail
scramble
snow
7 months ago

Arrived to Carbon Glacier around 930 and set off for Florence Peak. Ran into 3 others on my way up and many others heading up to the waterfall on my way down. Stay to the right at the loop, other side is still washed out. Crossing the waterfall wasn’t too bad today. There was a good flow but I was able to cross without getting beyond ankle deep. After the waterfall the trail is not much used or maintained so it can be hard to follow. Once you get to Alki Crest you should definitely track with GPS- there are still snow patches and many side trails. I had microspikes and poles that I used near the peak. I didn’t make it to the peak, turned back about half a mile before reaching it due lack of a visible trail, was traveling solo and didn’t feel comfortable with the final bit. As the previous poster said, no views until the end! Once you go past the waterfall there are not many others on the trail. My GPS tracked this closer to 11 miles, overall I was on the trail for about 5 hours at a slow leisurely pace with lots of breaks. Will probably try again once the snow thaws out.

hiking
7 months ago

No problems passing the waterfall creek crossing. There are no views until the very very summit, and me and my partner didn’t feel comfortable with the final snow scramble (others may find it ok). Overall a very strenuous hike that isn’t worth the effort. Please be sure to use GPS since route finding is difficult.

hiking
blowdown
rocky
scramble
snow
7 months ago

Great hike up to Florence Peak. About 10 miles. Trail isn't too easy to follow as it isn't used very much. I feel one of the best hikes in the park. Spikes and poles were used. Amazing views from the top.

Mon Nov 05 2018

Up to the falls was great. Got all the way to the saddle but didn't get a great view from there. I'm not sure if is actually 3.8 miles but it definitely felt like it was longer.

hiking
Sat Nov 03 2018

Great fall hike! We didn’t make it to the top because you had to cross the waterfall and we didn’t want wet, cold feet! Other than that it was nice and steep with plenty of switchbacks. Definitely gets the heart pumping.

hiking
Thu Jul 26 2018

Secluded evening hike, only 2 other hikers on the trail. It took about 45min to get to the waterfall. Beyond that the trail didn’t seem well traveled and was a bit narrow at some spot due to washouts. My group turned around before we could get to the saddle so that we would t be hiking in the dark so I don’t know what the rest of the trail is like.

Sat Jun 30 2018

Take the right fork of Rain Forest Loop out of the parking lot as the left has a washed out bridge. Starts easy until you get off the loop. Backside of the loop is the beginning of the Boundary trail and it gets uphill in a hurry and doesn't relent. Little over halfway is a waterfall. Good resting spot. Not much a view from there though. Keep going to the top of the ridge for spectacular views. Good heart rate elevator. Doing it again for sure.

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