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    This reflects the 10Adventures difficulty rating for each route. We aim to keep ratings consistent across regions.
    This reflects the total elevation gained throughout this route as measured by the GPS file. This includes all ascents and descents, and is higher than what is quoted in most route guides, which simply measure the distance between the starting-point and high-point of the route.
    1,091 m
    This reflects the return distance of this route as measured by the GPS file.
    12.4 km
    This reflects the estimated time the majority of users will take on this trail. If you are slower, add time to the top-end figure. If you are fast, then you may complete this route faster than this time range.
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    Carne Mountain Trail


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    Looking for those perfect golden larches? Carne Mountain Trail sees the majority of its yearly traffic in the autumn due to the density of larches along the trail. This hike is 12.4 km long and is considered hard. Expect light traffic during most of the summer and heavier traffic in the fall season.

    Route Description for Carne Mountain Trail

    Carne Mountain Trail is a beautiful hike, especially in the larch season. Expect many more users than normal when the trees go golden. An early start in the fall is highly recommended. Some sections of the trail can be muddy or snowy in late season, so microspikes and poles might be helpful to have.

    The hike begins at the Phelps Creek Trailhead and traverses through switchbacks for about 4.0 km, mostly in the forest to start. The views open up as you reach the basin, where you’ll likely find campers.

    Past the basin, keep left at the junction and then begin climbing up the south ridge of Carne Mountain. Atop the mountain, admire the amazing views. From here, you’ll follow the same route back to the trailhead.

    Getting to the Carne Mountain Trail Trailhead

    The trailhead for the Carne Mountain Trail is at the Phelps Creek Trailhead at the end of Phelps Creek Trailhead Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground:

      Carne Basin Camp

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    • Pets allowed:

      Yes - On Leash

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    • Route Type:

      Out and back

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