Carbon Glacier

This is the terminus of the Carbon Glacier, an impressive mass of ice that comes down to an elevation of just 3500ft in the northwest corner of Mt Rainier National Park.  This concludes my tour of Rainier for 2012, whose three vistas are within 20 miles of one another.  Although my visits were on three separate days, it would take over six hours to drive a circuit taking them in.  RAMROD is a ridiculous annual one-day bike tour taking basically this route.

The road to access this area has been washed out since 2006, and the park service has no plans to put it back.  Consequently the access to the trailhead is either a 4.5 mile (one-way) hike or mountain bike ride.  It certainly cuts down on the number of visitors.


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