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PostSat Jan 26, 2019 9:12 am 
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Does anybody know if the Mt Rainier Carbon River entrance and facilities are open?  I wanted to take the kids there, but not sure if that entrance (and itís restrooms) is open yet considering that the government shutdown just ended.
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PostSat Jan 26, 2019 11:42 am 
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I have the same question! I'm recovering from back problems and want to find a nice, flat deep wilderness trail to wander on tomorrow. This seems like a great one!

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PostSat Jan 26, 2019 11:51 am 
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Iím 75% sure it is closed/not being maintained. I believe only LEO is operating in the area right now, but I may be wrong.
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PostSat Jan 26, 2019 12:02 pm 
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blendergasket, the Suiattle River trail might fit the bill.
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PostSat Jan 26, 2019 12:30 pm 
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Thank you! This looks like a great option!

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PostSat Jan 26, 2019 1:03 pm 
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Deception Creek is another good option. Doesn't look like there's any snow there. Hwy 2 though... traffic.
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PostSat Jan 26, 2019 1:32 pm 
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Thank you for the suggestion! Definitely closer...

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PostSat Jan 26, 2019 1:38 pm 
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Might literally take you as long to drive home from Deception Creek as from Suiattle River. Hwy 2 traffic westbound on Sundays can be horrendous.
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PostSat Jan 26, 2019 1:44 pm 
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OK, Good to know. I don't go up 2 to hike as much as other places so I am unaware. I usually go up 90, south or west. Thanks for the info. I've been thinking I need to start exploring the North Cascades area more, so this might be a good time to do it. 3.5 hours driving may not be so hot for my back though, but I feel like I have many river walks in my near future as I rehab enough to get back into the mountains, so I love getting all the suggestions!

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PostTue Jan 29, 2019 3:16 pm 
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Been there several times in the last month.  Looks like business as usual except maybe the restrooms at the old Ipsut campground.  Saw a ranger there a couple weeks ago down at the parking lot just inside the parking area.
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PostTue Jan 29, 2019 3:34 pm 
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For a long low elevation hike without much elevation gain that's a short drive from Puget Sound City, consider Taylor River,  up the Middle Fork Snoqualmie road.

Otter falls at the end is cool looking.

https://www.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/otter-falls-taylor-river

https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/mbs/recarea/?recid=18020
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PostTue Jan 29, 2019 6:09 pm 
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I was down there a week ago.  The restrooms at the parking area were indeed open (this was before the shutdown ended too).  Ranger station was not.  I assume the facilities up at Ipsut were not open either, but they likely wouldn't be during the winter anyway.

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