Welcome to Carbon River Entrance
Named for its coal deposits, Carbon River is the park's wettest region and protects one of the few remaining inland temperate rainforests in the contiguous USA. Dense, green and cloaked in moss, this wilderness can be explored via a handful of trails off Carbon River Rd.
For close-up mountain views, head for Mowich Lake along a road that branches off a few miles outside the park entrance. Mowich is Rainier's largest lake and a starting point for various hikes. Near Mowich is the Carbon Glacier, the nation's lowest glacier; its snout touches an elevation of 3520ft.