Carbon River, Mt. Rainier National Park, Washington State

I drove over the White Pass and headed to Mt. Rainier National Park. It was raining the whole way. As I headed east towards the Carbon River Ranger Station the clouds lifted and Mt. Rainier made an appearance. It is an amazing sight after the mountain has been shrouded in fog and clouds to see it suddenly appear in full sunlight.

I stopped and helped other folks take group photos and a nice Chinese tourist took a photo of me with Mt. Rainier.

The Carbon River was named for the abundance of coal found along the upper parts of the river. There is dispersed camping at the Carbon River section of Mt. Rainier National Park, which is one of the reasons I wanted to camp there. I found a spot right on the river and parked my Little Guy RV and settled in.

It started misting again but I loved hiking among the old growth rainforest in the mist. The trees in this section of Mt. Rainier National Park are quite lovely. I once hiked here after a rare snowfall and it was beautiful!

View of the Carbon River Road and old growth rainforest.

I took a selfie with one of my favorite trees. It has to be over 100 years old. I took a photograph a few years ago in front of this tree and now it’s kind of a tradition.

I took a panorama Carbon River Road which has been closed to traffic since the huge storm in 2006. I visited in 2009 and there were still a lot of large trees down. It has since been cleaned up dramatically. The Carbon River Road remains closed to traffic but it is beautiful to walk along the road and see all the trees.

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