Looking for a great trail near Carbonado, Washington? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails in Mount Rainier National Park, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Carbonado ranging from 4.6 to 11.7 miles and from 1,768 to 6,085 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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We started our hike at 10:00 a.m. The trail is very well maintained and easy to follow. We only met three other groups of hikers on the trail. Most of the hike takes place in the shade of beautiful trees. Note the hike is mostly uphill, although not too steep, until you reach Owyhigh Lakes. We did not take the unmarked .5 mile spur on the right at the end of the trail because according to the topo map and previous trip reports, it was going to be a very steep .5 mile trek. We had lunch at this point though, and then headed back down. Parking is limited across the street from the trail head but there is additional parking on the right side of the road right before you reach the Owyhigh Trail parking lot. Great hike!

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11 days ago

Fantastic hike! Like other posters have mentioned, the road up to the trailhead is horrible. Lots of big rocks and potholes.

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13 days ago

Loved this trail. Never too strenuous, but it was a great workout. And the views really are amazing. Yes, the road to the trail is terrible. Bring a truck or an SUV. It's worth it.

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15 days ago

To anyone concerned about the drive: it was definitely rough, but we managed it in a ‘05 Taurus, so it’s doable! Camping on the lake was exquisite, and the view from the ridge above the lake was mind-blowing... if you can swing it, watching the sun rise on mt rainier was unforgettable. Jump in the lake if you want for a cool treat!

My fav hike thus far this year. Less distance than usual.approach from Sunrise. About 10 miles of gravel road to get to TH, negotiable by car. Grand Park is just a huge, huge meadow with stunning views of Rainier.

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16 days ago

Absolutely dreamy!! I loved every minute.

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bugs
no shade
16 days ago

Less well maintained than others in the area, but a relatively easy hike - there are two short steep sections but otherwise you’re strolling through woods and meadows. Once you get to Grand Park, you can decide on a turnaround point and shave as much as a mile off the total distance if pressed for time, or go right at the end of the Lake Eleanor trail and get to a bonus viewpoint in half a mile. The forest service road is in excellent shape, but there’s a section of a mile or so going up the mountain that’s a little rough and steep. It’s manageable in a Prius, but it isn’t something I’d do for fun. I also saw the mama bear and cub, and others mentioned a third bear in that group. They paid me little attention. I also saw a whole bunch of bees, which is nice for the flowers but something to be aware of. If you’re allergic, take your epi-pen!

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16 days ago

When they said the road to the trailhead was rough, they meant ROUGH. An AWD, high-clearance vehicle is optimal. The trail itself is very well maintained and never too steep. You simply must wrap around the lake and head for the summit. Once you get to the ridgeline, the views of the lake and The Mountain get better with each step. Lots of trail offshoots leading to the best vantage points. From the very end of the trail, you can see the parking lot where you started.

GORGEOUS! Brought a 10yo retriever and she crushed it too! Go all the way to the end. It’s worth it. And yes, if you don’t have 4wd or at least a higher clearance vehicle, I would not recommend this trail. It’s 4+ miles of full on off roading with massive rocks to the trail head. Can’t wait to come back!

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rocky
16 days ago

Rather than a trail, this is more of a rocky road to the lake. Nice place to camp, and Rainier peeked through the clouds on the right side of the trail. The lake is beautiful. Nice, short, easy walk. The road ascent is pretty brutal on a car - driving something high from the ground seems like a pre-requisite.

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17 days ago

We loved this trail and the water was beautiful! It was pretty cloudy but, it was still great views!

Can't properly rate the trail because we only got a few hundred yards in and got attacked by bees. Easily 20 strings between us. They were vicious and not happy about us being near their home.

need to do this again felt like it was marked well. so we didnt quite go the 7.9 mile or make it down to carbonado. it needs to be marked better but not bad

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rocky
17 days ago

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bugs
17 days ago

Breathtaking view at the top!!! Hike was not easy, uphill all the way but not too hard. This is def one of my favorite hikes! Road to get to trail is very bumpy, we have a Jeep and was no problem but other cars slowed us down by going extremely slow. Took my yorkiepoo with me, she’s small about 10lbs and made it up and down with no problem.

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17 days ago

beautiful at the top. The road getting up to the trail head was gravel and very difficult to navigate in our Hyundai

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rocky
18 days ago

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18 days ago

Did this as a one night backpacking trip with two families - our youngest was 4 and she did great. Such mild elevation gain, and mostly a soft incline trail - not a whole lot of step-ups. Lake is gorgeous. This was my second time to summit lake and the second time I’ve struck out on seeing the mountain! The dirt road takes a good 45 minutes and it’s bad.

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18 days ago

Trail was a good trail! Wasn’t too hard wasn’t super easy, Lake at the end was beautiful! I will say the road going up to trail was intense.. except to drive slow and it feels like it take forever to get there on the road. Road is very rocky and bumpy, id suggest a car or truck that can take lots of bumps and rocks

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rocky
22 days ago

Ok yes the road up to this trail is rocky and bumpy but honestly it’s not that bad just be smart and have a car that can handle it... I felt the beginning of this hike was the hardest and then it’s definitely an easy walk.... the lake is AMAZING!!! I would recommend camping overnight i wish I had!! I just did a day trip but it was so peaceful on a Tuesday my dog and I felt we had the place to ourselves!! So worth it highly recommend

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22 days ago

Great hike with such an incredible view as the pay off! Not too challenging definitely earning the label of "Moderate". And being so close to Mt Rainier does not hurt the view! The road up to the trail is treacherous tho so make sure you have the appropriate vehicle with a good clearance for the dirt and Rock road up to the trail head.

Beautiful hike, great for beginners. Previous reviews directing you to go to the left off a fork that’s roughly 2.5 miles down the trail in order to see remnants of Melmont IS CORRECT. The river below and surrounding areas are breathtaking.

Decent and easy hike along the river. A bit muddy in spots with a few rocky areas. Got buggy in areas. It's a good hike, but no views and no big pay off. Parking can be challenging. The "ghost town" is a wall, an old car, and a tiny building. They're all at the beginning. Not worth it if that's what you're after.

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rocky
25 days ago

Would recommend wearing high tops or hiking boots. Trail is small and not flat at all. Very beautiful scenery is worth the hike. The road getting to the trial is super rocky! It a one lane road and sucks even in a truck. But I’d definitely do it again!!!

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25 days ago

Unfortunately, we intended to go to Owyhigh Lake from the trailhead in Rainier National Park near the White River entrance but the line of cars to get into the park was ridiculous. The park wasn’t letting cars through the entrance until vehicles left the Sunrise parking lot. After a 30 minute wait, we opted instead to go to the other Owyhigh Lake trailhead that is shared with the Ohanapecosh Trail outside the park. Our intention was to get to the lake from this trailhead but it was very late in the day so we only ended up going half way due to how tired and frustrated our young children were. We were, however, able to get 6.3 miles and 1909 feet of elevation gain which made for a nice day and salvaged a bit of our disappointment. We did see some amazing waterfalls and some majestic views so we still had an incredible day. The takeaway from this trail report is to arrive at the park early if you want to access the Owyhigh Lake trailhead from within Rainier National Park. It is worthwhile since the lakes are beautiful this time of year. It is normally one of our favorite hikes.

We came late to Rainier and wanted to spend the night. The only place available was Tamanos Creek, so we headed out. It is a long uphill to camp, so be prepared, but the camp was only 1/2 mile from a great alpine meadow. Overall a really nice trip.

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