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Carne Mountain

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East
48.0829, -120.8350 Map & Directions
Length
7.3 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
3600 feet
Highest Point
7085 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
Photo by trip reporter Willow's Humans. Full-size image
  • Wildflowers/Meadows
  • Mountain views
  • Dogs allowed on leash
  • Summits
  • Fall foliage

Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

Carne Mountain is a challenging, yet rewarding hike to the brilliant gold colors of the western larches. Against a backdrop of blue autumn sky and indigo mountains, they are a dazzling sight. Continue reading

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Hiking Carne Mountain

Carne Mountain is a challenging yet rewarding hike to the brilliant gold colors of western larches. Against a backdrop of blue autumn sky and the magnificent peaks of the Cascades, they are a dazzling sight.

Start your hike on the wide Phelps Creek Trail, and in less than half a mile, bear right (and steeply uphill) to continue on the much-narrower Carne Mountain Trail. 

The trail gets right down to business, climbing 2,600 feet in 2.9 miles. Luckily, you'll be hiking through open forest, and in the fall, the colors start here; with vine maple and low-growing shrubs turning vivid oranges and reds.

Towards the end of this climb, you'll pop out of the forest and switchback through an open talus slope. Look for a waterfall tucked into the forest at trails edge, listen for pika squeaks, and stop for a bit to soak in the gorgeous mountain horizon across the valley floor from you.

Just shy of 3 miles, the trail delivers you into a small basin below the summit of Carne Mountain. In fall, this is where the larches get good. Take your time ambling through here. The trail curves through this basin to a low pass and a junction with the Old Gib Trail.

Turn left here and keep climbing. In 0.4 miles reach a saddle at 6,800 feet with a stunning look at Carne Mountain, Mount Maude, Clark Mountain, and Glacier Peak, among many others. 

From the saddle, bear left (you're at a junction with the Rock Creek Trail) and head up a path for another quarter-mile to the summit of Carne Mountain. Enjoy the great mountain views all around and a variety of wildflowers near the summit before heading back.

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Carne Mountain

Map & Directions

Trailhead
Co-ordinates: 48.0829, -120.8350 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Parking Pass/Entry Fee

None

WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.

Getting There

From the Stevens Pass Mountain Resort, head east on Highway 2 for 20 miles. Turn left on State Route 207 and head north towards Lake Wenatchee. In 4.1 miles, bear right at the fork in the road, exiting State Route 207 onto Chiwawa Loop Road. After 0.4 miles, turn right to merge onto County Highway 22. Continue for 0.8 miles on Highway 22, then turn left onto Chiwawa River Road (Forest Road 62).

Continue north on Chiwawa River Road for 22.3 miles (the pavement ends after roughly 11 miles), then turn right onto Phelps Creek Trailhead Road (Road 6211). Arrive at the trailhead after 2.3 miles. Exercise caution driving this last road; it is significantly rough and potholed.

More Hike Details

Trailhead

Central Cascades > Stevens Pass - East

Carne Mountain (#1508)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest, Wenatchee River Ranger District

Guidebooks & Maps

100 Hikes in Washington's Glacier Peak Region (Spring & Manning - Mountaineers Books)

Day Hiking: Central Cascades (Romano – Mountaineers Books)

Buy the Green Trails Holden No. 113 map

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