Mowich River Trail

Carbonado, Washington 98323

Mowich River Trail

Mowich River Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Lake to river, this route descends through lush old forests that provide cool relief from hot summer days. Following the Wonderland Trail south, the trail skirts Crater Creek before traversing the flank of Paul Peak to finally drop into the Mowich River basin, near the junction of the North and South forks of that broad glacial stream. You’ll find no views until you stand on the gravel bars in the riverbed, but you will experience forest primeval.

Look for wildflowers such as Indian pipe, trillium, and beargrass. There are mushrooms aplenty along the route too—be sure you know which are safe before even thinking about picking them. Black-tailed deer and black bears are commonly seen here, but the most likely critters you’ll encounter are grouse—listen for their whomp, whomp, whomps—and squirrels."

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Trail Information

Carbonado
Nearby City
7
Distance
2,400 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Difficult
Skill Level
June–Nov
Season
4,800 feet
Trailhead Elevation
5,000 feet
Top Elevation
Carbon River Ranger Station
Local Contacts
Green Trails Mount Rainier West, No. 269
Local Maps