|Area: Carbon River
||Hike Type: Waterfall views||Pass: Natl. Park Pass|
|Distance: 9.6 mi RT||Duration: 5 hrs||Difficulty Level: Moderate|
|Snow-Free: mid-May – Nov||High Point: 3,225||Elevation Gain: 1,350|
Features: kid-friendly, exceptional waterfall, exceptional old growth forest, bike-hike possibility
Roam through miles of some of the largest and oldest trees in Mount Rainier National Park to a placid lake and a stunning waterfall. While Green Lake is a pretty sight—it’s triple-tiered Ranger Falls and the surrounding primeval forest that are the real treats on this hike. Amble up the Carbon River Valley before briskly climbing to the small lake tucked beneath Tolmie Peak. And try to keep your neck from straining while constantly tilting your head upward admiring towering firs, cedars and hemlocks.