Paul Peak Trail

Carbonado, Washington

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Although this trail is within Mount Rainier National Park, limited views of the big mountain are found on this route. In fact, there are few sweeping panoramic views. Fortunately, the forest is a wonderful example of mixed old-growth, with cedar, Douglas fir, hemlock, and a few bigleaf maples tossed in for good measure. Camprobber jays, ptarmigans, grouse, hares, red foxes, coyotes, and cougars patrol the area. Best of all, this trail—one of the easiest to reach in the northwest corner of the park— is one of the most lightly used. As a result, hikers can frequently find peaceful solitude on this often-overlooked trail. Walk quietly, and you might encounter some of the beings that do share the trail with you: small birds and other beasts of the forest.
Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park

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Day Hiking: Mount Rainier National Park

by Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer (The Mountaineers Books)

Although this trail is within Mount Rainier National Park, limited views of the big mountain are found on this route. In fact, there are few sweeping panoramic views. Fortunately, the forest is a wonderful example of mixed old-growth, with cedar, Douglas fir, hemlock, and a few bigleaf maples tossed in for good measure. Camprobber jays, ptarmigans, grouse, hares, red foxes, coyotes, and cougars patrol the area.

Best of all, this trail—one of the easiest to reach in the northwest corner of the park— is one of the most lightly used. As a result, hikers can frequently find peaceful solitude on this often-overlooked trail. Walk quietly, and you might encounter some of the beings that do share the trail with you: small birds and other beasts of the forest.

©  Dan A. Nelson & Alan L. Bauer/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Carbonado
Distance: 5.6
Elevation Gain: 1,050 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Season: May–Nov
Trailhead Elevation: 3,600 feet
Top Elevation: 4,200 feet
Local Contacts: Carbon River Ranger Station
Local Maps: Green Trails Mount Rainier West, No. 269
Driving Directions: Directions to Paul Peak Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

4/26/2001
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Trail is snow free except for a half-mile stretch reached after about 1/4 to 1/2 mile of hiking. It's a great hike for early in the season, but be prepared for 24 (yes, 24!) switchbacks. A view of Mt. Rainier through the trees helps keep the hiker's mind off the switchbacks. Worst part of the trail is that it is down going in and uphill coming back to the trailhead, but a nice trail on a clear day.



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