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Washington whitewater, Carbon River

Pierce county, Fairfax to 177th St. East section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.

 

CLASS V     9 miles
  The put-in is not too far from Seattle-Tacoma-Bellevue, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. This section of Carbon River in Washington is 9 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class V section. The wonderful Pierce County scenery and the playfulness of the water have people coming here. This stretch has has enough mileage, you can easily run it on an afternoon. Getting a good workout
    and spending some quality time in nature will make you glad you came. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. This river system has a few good paddling stretches and the Fairfax to 177th St. East section
is one of them. Not too many hotels nearby, you'll have to drive a bit to get to one, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The average Washington whitewater rafting or kayaking river tends to be a bit harder to master than those in other states, so don't forget that many of the rivers here are not very forgiving. The river winds through the Northern Cascade Range and you get great scenery. You might  
be into whitewater rafting or kayaking or both, doesn't matter, this area has a large number of paddling spots.

Briefly about the general area:
Don't leave Carbon River without popping by Nolte State Park, and this is a popular site for folks from Carbonado. So much cool stuff to do here in the Northern Cascade Range, too good to be true. Hiking along the Paul Peak Trail is good fun, and Flaming Geyser State Park is a perfect spot to go. This is such a wonderful river. At Carbon River through the warm months highs are in the 70's; the night is somewhat chillier of course, regularly in the 50's.

Carbon River, Fairfax to 177th St. East road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.

   

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OUTDOORS
These outdoors activities are available near Carbon River.
 Whitewater Near Carbon River:
South Praire Creek, Pierce County, 4 miles away
      Class II+ - 5.8 miles long (Lower Burnett to above Carbon River)
Carbon River, Pierce County, 4 miles away
      Class V - 9 miles long (Fairfax to 177th St. East)
Carbon River, Pierce County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (177th St. East to Puyallup River)
Puyallup River, Pierce County, 6 miles away
      Class IV+ - 9 miles long (Niesson Creek to Electron)
White River, Pierce County, 7 miles away
      Class II - 12.5 miles long (Buckley to Auburn)
South Praire Creek, Pierce County, 9 miles away
      Class V - 6.6 miles long (East Fork to Spiketon Road)
Puyallup River, Pierce County, 10 miles away
      Class II - 9 miles long (Kapowsin Road Bridge to Highway 162)
Green River, King County, 12 miles away
      Class II - 2.8 miles long (Flaming Geyser State Park to 212 Way SE Bridge)
Puyallup River, Pierce County, 13 miles away
      Class I-II - 6.1 miles long (McMillin to Puyallup)
Mashel River, Pierce County, 16 miles away
      Class II-IV - 7.5 miles long (Eatonville to Nisqually River confluence)
 Ski Areas Near Carbon River:
Crystal Mountain, Washington , 41 miles away, 3100 foot drop, 11 lifts, 50 runs
Alpental, Washington , 47 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 5 lifts, 19 runs
Summit at Snoqualmie, Washington , 48 miles away, 2280 foot drop, 26 lifts, 96 runs
White Pass, Washington , 50 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Stevens Pass, Washington , 61 miles away, 1800 foot drop, 10 lifts, 37 runs
Cooper Spur, Oregon , 83 miles away, 500 foot drop, 2 lifts, 10 runs
Timberline Lodge, Oregon , 85 miles away, 3590 foot drop, 6 lifts, 32 runs
Mt. Hood Ski Bowl, Oregon , 85 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 9 lifts, 65 runs
Mt. Hood Meadows, Oregon , 86 miles away, 2777 foot drop, 12 lifts, 87 runs
Mt.Baker, Washington , 89 miles away, 1500 foot drop, 8 lifts, 38 runs
 Marinas Near Carbon River:
Narrows Marina, Auburn , 16 miles away
 Hotels Near Carbon River:
Econo Lodge Buckley, Buckley , 5 miles away
GuestHouse Inn Enumclaw, Lincoln , 8 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites SUMNER - PUYALLUP AREA, Sumner , 16 miles away
Auburn Travelodge Inn And Suites, Auburn , 16 miles away
La Quinta Inn & Suites Auburn, Auburn , 17 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Carbon River:
South Prairie Creek RV Park, South Prairie, 5 miles away
Aspen Cabin - Fremont National Forest, Lakeview, 5 miles away
Uncle John's Rv Park, Buckley, 5 miles away
 Trails Near Carbon River:
Paul Peak Trail, Pierce , 12 miles away,  3 hiking miles, 1081 feet elevation difference
Ipsut Creek Trail, Pierce , 15 miles away, 4.8 hiking miles, 3790 feet elevation difference
Summit Lake Trail, Pierce , 15 miles away, 5.1 hiking miles, 1322 feet elevation difference
Clearwater Trail, Pierce , 16 miles away, 10.6 hiking miles, 2788 feet elevation difference
Osborne Mountain Trail, Lewis , 17 miles away, 5.5 hiking miles, 3193 feet elevation difference
Big Creek Trail, Lewis , 20 miles away, 5 hiking miles, 1356 feet elevation difference
Carbon Trail, Pierce , 20 miles away, 11.4 hiking miles, 3299 feet elevation difference
 Public Lands Near Carbon River:
Mount Rainier National Park, Ashford - WA , 16 miles away
Lake Chelan National Recreation Area, Sedro-Woolley - WA , 70 miles away
Flaming Geyser State Park, Washington , 11 miles away
Nolte State Park, Washington , 13 miles away
Kanaskat-Palmer State Park, Washington , 17 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Carbon River:
Enumclaw Golf Course, Enumclaw , 10 miles away
Jade Greens Public Golf Course, Auburn , 12 miles away
Hi-Cedars Golf Club, Orting , 13 miles away
 Lakes Near Carbon River
Deep Lake, King , 13 miles away
Cedar Lake, Pierce , 15 miles away
Lake Christine, Pierce , 16 miles away

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