On a December, 2004 hike with my friend Clark. THis used to be a very easy hike, about 3.5 miles and 1300 feet of elevation gain to this spot. With the recent (November, 2006) floods at Mount Rainier National Park, it is going to be much longer because the road to the parking lot has been severely damaged. It's always a great hike, I hope that the road is repaired, esle it will be a much longer hike.
This was taken at the base of the '>Carbon Glacier in Mount Rainier National Park, I believe the lowest elevation glacier in the continental US. It's also a glacier that hasn't receded much (unlike others in Washington state). It is covered with a lot of dirt and rocks, hence the name Carbon Glacier.