Carter Falls Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"An early opener, this portion of the Wonderland Trail crosses the expansive Nisqually River basin and skirts the Paradise River on its mild ascent to a treed-in vista of Carter Falls. Situated between the Longmire Historic District and the Paradise area and originating near a popular campground, the Carter Falls Trail sees many visitors.
Throngs of tourists meander along the rocks in the Nisqually River basin waiting for that ephemeral glimpse of Mount Rainier. The Carter Falls Trail is particularly popular in early summer, when the snow in Paradise has not yet melted and trail choices are limited. Admittedly, Carter Falls is an unlikely destination for many hikers, as its jetting waters are hardly visible through the trees, but the hike has many other qualities to offer: a massive glacier river basin, an unobstructed view of Mount Rainier on a clear day, a relatively easy grade, and early accessibility."