Carbon Glacier and Moraine Trail

Wilkeson, Washington

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A moderate ascent to the foot of the Carbon Glacier, the lowest-elevation glacier in the contiguous United States, this hike travels along the glacier, allowing you to witness many of the geological processes associated with glaciers. Among other things, you will see the rock debris that has been shattered from the rock walls surrounding the glacier and deposited atop the massive river of ice, coloring the glacier brown and black.
Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

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Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

by Heidi Schneider & Mary Skjelset (Falcon Guides)

A moderate ascent to the foot of the Carbon Glacier, the lowest-elevation glacier in the contiguous United States, this hike travels along the glacier, allowing you to witness many of the geological processes associated with glaciers.

Among other things, you will see the rock debris that has been shattered from the rock walls surrounding the glacier and deposited atop the massive river of ice, coloring the glacier brown and black.

©  Heidi Schneider & Mary Skjelset/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Wilkeson
Distance: 8.2
Elevation Gain: 1,200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 to 5 hours
Season: Mid-July to September
Trailhead Elevation: 2,400 feet
Top Elevation: 4,300 feet
Local Contacts: Wilkeson Wilderness Information Center
Local Maps: USGS Carbon River; Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park; Astronaut's Vista: Mount Rainier National Park; Earthwalk Press Hiking Map and Guide
Driving Directions: Directions to Carbon Glacier and Moraine Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

8/20/2009
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Done this one many times and always fun not to bad ,but now that the road is washed out can be a long trip


6/17/2006
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Trail was a little crowded at first, but if go a little further past the glacier, you can get away from the crowd, get a wonderful view of the entire glacier and Mt. Rainir. Go on a clear day!


9/2/2004
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10/10/2002
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This hike is definitely worth it. It is relatively easy, gradually climbing the whole way. There is a nice (free!) campground near the trailhead. I definitely recommend it.



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