Wonderland Trail - Ipsut Creek to Carbon Glacier

Mount Rainier National Park

This work party starts at 12:00PM
Sat, Jun 01 to Sat, Jun 08, 2013


Mount Rainier above Carbon Glacier. Photo by jeremybe.

There is nothing like working on a National Treasure, and that's just what Tahoma (Mount Rainier) is. Early June in the park will be showing many signs of spring, and you will get to experience it up close. The trail from Ipsut Creek campground to Carbon Glacier has sustained much damage in the past few years, and needs your help to be put back together. Get ready for a week of working in the shadow of a giant.

This is a hybrid trip. That means your personal gear gets packed in, and you have a leisurely six mile walk to camp with your day pack. For the project, you may hike up to three relatively flat miles along the Carbon River Trail, or you may experience a bit more elevation gain if the work is up Ipsut Creek.

The floods a few year back wiped out the Wonderland Trail to Carbon Glacier and you folks will be restoring it, as well as potentially working the trail up Ipsut Creek. The days work may involve up to 5 miles of hiking with 500 feet of elevation gain.

Hikers follow the milky-white waters of the Carbon River in reverse, heading ever-onwards to their remarkable destination: a stunning viewpoint of the Carbon Glacier. A swinging suspension bridge provides a thrilling ride, and right in the middle of it, cool breezes waft down from the giant glacier. As one of the most popular trails in this national park, this route needs constant maintenance and WTA work parties are lucky to return to this scenic area to help give back to public lands that we love.

This is one of our Volunteer Vacations. There is $235 fee ($195 for WTA members). You will be required to fill out an application form including your outdoors experience and medical history before we can allow you to join the trip.

This is a week-long work party. You must be 18 years or older to attend. Participants must be able to attend all days. Late arrivals and early departures are not allowed.


GPS coordinates are only approximate, please always use the written driving directions when trying to find a trail head

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