Backpacking along the old road of Mt. Rainier’s north entrance along the Carbon River is one of the best beginner backpacking destinations. With the campground being a former car camping destination, tent platforms, privies and bear boxes are available. From the Carbon River Ranger Station to the Ipsut Creek Campground is 4.9 miles and 600 feet of elevation gain. After setting up camp, you will find there is plenty to explore. Ipsut Falls is only 0.3 miles farther down the trail and if you turn onto the Wonderland trail and hike another 2.7 miles, you will come to a large suspension bridge that crosses the Carbon River heads up to the toe of the Carbon Glacier.