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The Carbon Trail is a moderate 9.4 mile hike. The trail begins at 4,200 feet at Martin Gap on Forest Road #74 and ends at 4,800 feet at the junction with the Summit Lake Trail #1177.

At mile 0.8 is Double Camp, an old shelter site. Cross the Clearwater River at mile 2.4. At mile 5 is W.E. Camp, an old shelter site. At mile 5.6 is Hurricane Gap, elevation 4,960 feet. At mile 7.9, a view of Mt. Ranier is spectacular. At mile 8.1 is the junction with Bearhead Trail #1179-A. This trail climbs to the top of Bearhead Mountain, elevation 6,069 feet, which was the site of an old lookout. Then the trail descends through old-growth forest to Twin Lake, where it joins the Summit Lake Trail #1177.

Directions: From Enumclaw, Drive 21.8 miles east on State Hwy. 410 to West Fork Road #74. Turn right and drive 15.4 miles to the end of the road at Martin Gap. Carbon Trail #1179 is on the right side of the road.

Elevation: 4,200 feet

Ending Elevation: 4,800 feet

Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet

Distance: 9.4 miles

Usage: Light

Difficulty: Moderate

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