Ipsut Pass Trail

Carbonado, Washington

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The State of Alaska is a big, brash place full of larger-than-life people, places, and things. That being the case, you’d think the world’s largest Alaska yellow cedar would exist in Alaska, right? Wrong. Alaska may be a land of big mountains, big bears, and big egos, but if you want big trees—especially big Alaska yellow cedars—look no further than Ipsut Creek. Halfway up this valley hike you’ll encounter the world’s largest Alaska yellow cedar, though this centuries-old tree is just one of many massive trees on this woodland hike. Besides the cathedral forests, you’ll also find fantastic views and sprawling meadows on this walk, though these come only at the end.
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)

The State of Alaska is a big, brash place full of larger-than-life people, places, and things. That being the case, you’d think the world’s largest Alaska yellow cedar would exist in Alaska, right? Wrong. Alaska may be a land of big mountains, big bears, and big egos, but if you want big trees—especially big Alaska yellow cedars—look no further than Ipsut Creek.

Halfway up this valley hike you’ll encounter the world’s largest Alaska yellow cedar, though this centuries-old tree is just one of many massive trees on this woodland hike. Besides the cathedral forests, you’ll also find fantastic views and sprawling meadows on this walk, though these come only at the end.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Carbonado
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 2,800 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: June–Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 2,400 feet
Top Elevation: 5,150 feet
Local Contacts: Carbon River Ranger Station
Local Maps: Green Trails Mount Rainier West, No. 269
Driving Directions: Directions to Ipsut Pass Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

7/24/2006
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this trail was awesome. tests your legs with the never ending hill climbs. But head up to mystic lake for a nice dip and stellar views. deer walk through camp and possibly a bear also. i want to go back no matter how tough those hills were.



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