Reservations possible?
RV Hookups
Potable water
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The Ipsut Creek Campground is located approximately 5 miles from the Carbon River entrance to Mount Rainier National Park. Due to flooding in 2006, the road is inaccessible to vehicles. The campground is now regulated as a backcountry site, so for overnight stays, make sure to stop at the Carbon River Ranger Station for a permit. Having easy access to the Carbon River Ranger Station provides a safe option for big groups, families, and first time backpackers. 

Since it was once a drive-in campground, there are bear boxes at every site, solar powered toilets, and fire pits. It is important to note that fires are prohibited, as it is now a backcountry site. There are several beautiful day hikes for all hiking abilities. You will pass the Chenius Falls and Green Lake trails on your way out to the Ipsut Creek Campground, or continue 8 miles from the campground to get to the Carbon Glacier Trail.  You can also head along the Wonderland Trail to Mowich Lake for more hiking and camping options. 

The incredible Carbon River backs directly up to the campground, giving generous options for fishing, swimming, and relaxing. Make sure to venture the extra 0.2 miles to see the beautiful Ipsut Falls

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)


Parking Pass

National Park Pass


Old-growth forest. Very secluded. Backcountry sites.


Minimal accommodations. Long hike in.

Pets allowed

Not Allowed

Managed by

Mount Rainier National Park


Historically significant
Vault toilet
Swimming holes
Picnic tables


Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping


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