Carbon River Rain Forest Nature Trail

Carbonado, Washington

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There aren’t many examples of temperate rain forest left standing in the southern Cascades. Most of these moss-laden cathedral forests are found on the Olympic Peninsula or along the Coastal Range of Oregon. To be sure, there are old-growth forest stands throughout the Cascades, but very few are of the rain-forest variety. Here is one of those last remnants of the ancient lowland rain forests. Massive cedars and hemlocks fill the valley floor around the floodplain of the Carbon River. A blanket of moss covers the forest floor, while lichens drape from hanging branches and ferns sprout from nearly every surface. Bring the kids and let them explore the micro-ecosystems under the dripping leaves and in the mossy hollows.
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)

There aren’t many examples of temperate rain forest left standing in the southern Cascades. Most of these moss-laden cathedral forests are found on the Olympic Peninsula or along the Coastal Range of Oregon. To be sure, there are old-growth forest stands throughout the Cascades, but very few are of the rain-forest variety. Here is one of those last remnants of the ancient lowland rain forests.

Massive cedars and hemlocks fill the valley floor around the floodplain of the Carbon River. A blanket of moss covers the forest floor, while lichens drape from hanging branches and ferns sprout from nearly every surface. Bring the kids and let them explore the micro-ecosystems under the dripping leaves and in the mossy hollows.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Carbonado
Distance: 0.5
Elevation Gain: 80 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Season: June–Nov
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Carbon River Ranger Station
Local Maps: Green Trails Mount Rainier West, No. 269
Driving Directions: Directions to Carbon River Rain Forest Nature Trail

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