Wonderland Trail to Carter Falls and Narada Falls

MODERATE 42 reviews
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Wonderland Trail to Carter Falls and Narada Falls is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Packwood, Washington that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
5.6 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1512 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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The Carter Falls Trail features an awesome 2 for 1. Both Carter Falls & Madcap Falls along the Paradise River in Mount Rainier National Park. Begins 0.1 miles (0.2 km) below Cougar Rock Campgrounds. An easy old-growth forest walk along the Paradise River. Walk past Carter Falls another 150 feet (45.7 m) to see Madcap Falls

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10 days ago

This was our first trail hike with elevation change, we started at the Narada falls parking lot and descended to the 2nd Paradise Rover crossing without trekking poles, water, or appropriate boots. The section was 1,600ft total elevation change in just about 1 mile round trip. Brutal.

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23 days ago

We only walked as far as Carter Falls, as it was evening and we'd already hiked up to Panorama Point earlier in the day. The first part of the trail was the most interesting, following along the Nisqually River. Most of the time was spent hiking in the woods. Carter Falls is a little hidden in the woods, but all in all a lovely hike.

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25 days ago

Thought it was only 2 miles, oops. Straight climb but beautiful!

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Great hike, went in Mid May so the higher we got after crossing over the river more snow we ran into that wasn't fully packed down yet. But still manageable! :)

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2 months ago

Beautiful mountain views with some nice, large trees. The falls are gorgeous too.

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3 months ago

This trail was a great hike. First couple miles were not difficult at all. After mile 3 the snow is really thick with lots of powder. Note to self: Bring snow shoes next time! Carter Falls was cool, but Narada Falls was amazing! If you can't make the 4 mile hike up from below, you can hike to see Narada falls from the turn off where there is parking and even a comfort station if you need to warm your toes. Going around to a great viewpoint only takes about a 1/10 of a mile hike from the parking area going down hill. If you attempt this hike now (April) be prepared to have a difficult trek to Narada. There were multiple bridges with more than 10 feet of snow on them. Also, past mile 3, the trail is easily lost. Bring a GPS with you. If I didn't have mine, I would have had to turn back and never made it. Overall this was an amazing hike I will definitely do again.. in the summer.

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8 months ago

Beautiful! Only downside was that it was extremely foggy and we could not see the mountain at all, but Carter Falls is awesome!

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016

An easy hike on a groomed trail. We parked at the turnoff before Cougar Rock. We walked down do the Nisqually river and crossed over the footbridge. Follow the trail and and it leads you to walk along the Paradise River. Just slight elevation gain. Most of this hike is in the shade. Did this hike with a 7 & 11 year old. Made it up to Carter Falls. Went a little beyond and took a break at (which I guess is) Medcap Falls. Made that our turn around point, but you could continue on this portion of the Wonderland Trail to Narada Falls. Our hike overall was 2 1/2 miles.