The Rainforest Trail is a 3.7 km lightly trafficked out and back trail in Mount Rainier National Park and Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest that provides waterfall views. This trail is short but includes some steeper sections that may be unsuitable for smaller children. Bring bug spray for this hike.
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Route Description for Rainforest Trail
Rainforest Trail is a quick hike that offers waterfall views and the experience of being wrapped up in a canopy of Pacific Northwest rainforest. This trail is suitable for children, but younger ones may struggle a bit with the steeper sections. Bring bug spray!
The hike begins where the road ends and Carbon River Trail begins. Head south on the marked trail. You’ll slowly zig-zag in and out of the park boundary. Enjoy the cool of the forest and the tall trees overhead.
At the end of the trail, you’ll find a waterfall to enjoy. This is a great spot to rest on a hot day. Beyond this, the trail becomes scrambly, so we recommend turning around at the river.
Getting to the Rainforest Trail Trailhead
The trailhead for the Rainforest Trail is just inside of the northwestern boundary at the end of Fairfax Forest Reserve Road E. The trail begins where the road turns into the Carbon River Trail.
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