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||Mt Rainier National Park
||Head out Hwy 410, turn on to Hwy 165 and head to the
Carbon River entrance of Mt Rainier Nat'l Park, continue as far as you can
make it to the Ipsut Creek Campground.
||3500 ft elevation gain
||12 Miles Roundtrip
||8 out of 10
||Mt Rainier, Carbon Glacier, wildflower meadows and
||Printable Topo Map
Mystic Lake is worth a weekend visit.
The first couple of miles are easy, relatively flat hike along the
Carbon River. Once you get to the Carbon Glacier and the suspension bridge
over the river the trail steepens. Keep on trudging up the hill because
there is big payoffs at the top. You get some beautiful wildflower
meadows (Moraine Park) that guide your eyes up to the summit of Mt
You drop sharply down to Mystic Lake. There are only 7 sites at the
Mystic Lake backcountry camp and they are in the woods. I have read that
the camps at Curtis Ridge are far better.
We met some really neat people hiking the Wonderland Trail, one guy in
particular was 70 years old and had plenty of stories to tell.
Fishing-- was great. Using a brown Vibrax rooster tail. We took a swim
with our snorkel and mask to find out where the fish were hanging out-it
paid off. The ranger said she had never seen anybody fishing the lake let
alone swimming in it.
Do it again? Any time I have a chance
trip report by: Gregg Petrie
(do a search for mystic lake)
Lake and Carbon Glacier info
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