Seattle Park Trail

Carbonado, Washington

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Skyscrapers. Noisy, raucous crowds. Air traffic heavy enough to have you ducking your head at times. About what you’d expect in Seattle, and exactly what you get in Seattle Park—and that’s a good thing. The skyscrapers here are towering peaks and jagged rocks. The raucous crowds are colonies of marmots. And the hair-raising air traffic? Gray jays, eagles, ravens, and hawks. The Seattle Park Trail starts in lush old-growth forest and climbs into some of the most spectacular parkland you’ll find on the flanks of Mount Rainier. The area is rich in wildlife. Coyotes and bobcats hunt those marmots, as do enormous golden eagles. Mountain goats and black-tailed deer browse those meadows, and so to do lumbering black bears.
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)

Skyscrapers. Noisy, raucous crowds. Air traffic heavy enough to have you ducking your head at times. About what you’d expect in Seattle, and exactly what you get in Seattle Park—and that’s a good thing. The skyscrapers here are towering peaks and jagged rocks. The raucous crowds are colonies of marmots. And the hair-raising air traffic? Gray jays, eagles, ravens, and hawks.

The Seattle Park Trail starts in lush old-growth forest and climbs into some of the most spectacular parkland you’ll find on the flanks of Mount Rainier. The area is rich in wildlife. Coyotes and bobcats hunt those marmots, as do enormous golden eagles. Mountain goats and black-tailed deer browse those meadows, and so to do lumbering black bears.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Carbonado
Distance: 12
Elevation Gain: 2,850 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: June–Oct
Trailhead Elevation: 2,200 feet
Top Elevation: 5,200 feet
Local Contacts: Carbon River Ranger Station
Local Maps: Green Trails Mount Rainier West, No. 269
Driving Directions: Directions to Seattle Park Trail

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