26 miles of hiking • 5500' elevation gain • 1 night
First time on this side of the mountain in over 20 years. I parked at the Carbon River gate and biked up to the Ipsut Campground. So lovely! set up my campsite and hiked up the Wonderland to see the Carbon Glacier, a really cool suspension bridge and some goats. 9 miles, 1500 ft eg.
The next morning, I zoomed down to the gate, put away my bike, changed out gear and met up with some Mazamas for a crazy climb/bushwack up to Gove Peak via Green Lake trail. 17 miles 4000 ft eg. Took us 13 hours, I'm pooped! First time I've used ice axe and helmet for bushwacking! They were helpful. The route finding and downhill part was fun, but I cant really recommend this climb unless you are doing the Rainier 100 peaks.