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Rainier Home Contact Infomation Statistics Explained Map Information Scope Current Conditions

  • High point:6380
  • Low point:2330
  • Hiking season: mid July - Oct.
  • Total Elevation gain:6160
  • Total Elevation lost:6160
  • Total distance:16.4
  • Effective Distance:26.3
  • Hiking time: 2 days
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Profile Explained

  • (1) Spray Falls(just belond Eagle's Roost Camp)
  • (2) Cataract Camp
  • (3) Carbon River Camp/suspension bridge
  • (4) North Loop Trail Intersection
  • (5) Ipsut Pass
From the Mowich Lake take the trail south along a rolling forested trail. The first intersection occurs just a short distance (about .2 mile); bare left toward Spry Park. After passing Eagle's Roost Camp, at about 1.8 miles, the next intersection is a short sidetrail going to Spray Falls. After this intersection the trail gets more serious with steep switchbacks up to the lowest meadows of Spary Park. Climbing to the ridge crest the trail often encounters snowfields and bare rock that once traversed lead into meadows again. Ultimately the trail enters forest and progress down to first Cataract valley Camp and then the Carbon River Camp. From the Carbon River Camp the trial first entices the hiker with a easy grade that follows the Carbon River toward the Ipsut Creek Camp Ground. However, before reaching Ipsut Creek Camp the trail turns and starts a steep ascent up the Ipsut Creek trail. This segment starts in forest and ends open spaces below the headwall of the Ipsut Creek Valley and Ipsut Pass. From the Pass it is a relatively easy 1.6 miles back to Mowich Lake and loop closure.

Map Discription Size (kb)
Small colored elevaton map 22
Topographic map with shadeing 1,354
Topographic map without shadeing 510
Shaded Basement Geologic Map

(Geologic key)

Stereo Map

To see this image you will need special glasses (which I will provide if you contact me before supplies run out)


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Gregg Petrie 2000