Carbon Glacier and Moraine Trail

Wilkeson, Washington 98396

Carbon Glacier and Moraine Trail

Carbon Glacier and Moraine Trail Professional Review and Guide

"A moderate ascent to the foot of the Carbon Glacier, the lowest-elevation glacier in the contiguous United States, this hike travels along the glacier, allowing you to witness many of the geological processes associated with glaciers.

Among other things, you will see the rock debris that has been shattered from the rock walls surrounding the glacier and deposited atop the massive river of ice, coloring the glacier brown and black."

Carbon Glacier and Moraine Trail Reviews

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8/20/2009
Done this one many times and always fun not to bad ,but now that the road is washed out can be a long trip
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6/17/2006
Trail was a little crowded at first, but if go a little further past the glacier, you can get away from the crowd, get a wonderful view of the entire glacier and Mt. Rainir. Go on a clear day!
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9/2/2004
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10/10/2002
This hike is definitely worth it. It is relatively easy, gradually climbing the whole way. There is a nice (free!) campground near the trailhead. I definitely recommend it.
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Trail Information

Wilkeson
Nearby City
8.2
Distance
1,200 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
3 to 5 hours
Duration
Mid-July to September
Season
2,400 feet
Trailhead Elevation
4,300 feet
Top Elevation
Wilkeson Wilderness Information Center
Local Contacts
USGS Carbon River; Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park; Astronaut's Vista: Mount Rainier National Park; Earthwalk Press Hiking Map and Guide
Local Maps

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Jul 2018