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Results List

10 Hikes
Longmire to Cougar Rock Campground

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1300 ft.
Highest Point: 4100.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(3 votes)
When the snow flies at Rainier, its your chance to explore a section of the Wonderland in a new way. This section of the Wonderland Trail, leaving from Longmire and heading to Cougar Rock Campground, offers a relatively safe moderate snowshoeing experience, and a nice summertime loop, too!
 
 
South Puyallup to Klapatche

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
18.6 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 5000 ft.
Highest Point: 5900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.60
(5 votes)
South Puyallup to Klapatche is a scenic section along the western portion of the Wonderland Trail.
 
 
Longmire to Reflection Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1500 ft.
Highest Point: 3890.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.33
(6 votes)
Leaving from the main parking lot in Longmire, hikers can travel a section of the Wonderland Trail to reach Reflections Lakes — passing by several viewpoints an a waterfall along the way.
 
 
St. Andrews Park - St. Andrews Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
20.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4650 ft.
Highest Point: 5900.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
St. Andrews Lake is a lovely high country lake along the Wonderland Trail that can be reached via the Westside Road.
 
 
South Puyallup Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.4 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 700 ft.
Highest Point: 4200.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(7 votes)
Known as the South Puyallup Trail, this access point to the Wonderland Trail is a connector 1.7 miles long that wends its way through a mature forest with trees ranging between 100 to 1000 years old. The variety of ecosystems make this hike an alluring one: visitors start in the lower elevations, surrounded by western redcedar, Douglas fir, yew and western hemlock. But as you climb, you'll see Pacific silver fir, western white pine, noble fir, and the rare Alaska yellow cedar.
 
 
Longmire to Paradise

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2700 ft.
Highest Point: 3600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.25
(4 votes)
Hike on the Wonderland Trail to three waterfalls on the Paradise River.
 
 
Longmire to South Puyallup River

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
12.0 miles, one-way
Gain: 4200 ft.
Highest Point: 5600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Explore the iconic Wonderland Trail along the southwestern slopes of Mount Rainier. Enjoy stunning views of the mountain as well as the surrounding peaks, ridges, and creeks.
 
 
Tahoma Creek Suspension Bridge - Emerald Ridge Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
14.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3100 ft.
Highest Point: 5600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
Ever wanted to hike the Wonderland Trail, but have time for only a sneak peek? Here’s how to enjoy a sampling of the Wonderland’s spectacular scenery—in a single day!
 
 
Carter Falls

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
2.8 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 660 ft.
Highest Point: 3650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.83
(18 votes)
Cougar Rock to Carter Falls is a moderate and readily accessible segment of the Wonderland Trail that packs stunning mountain vistas, river views, waterfalls, wildflowers, old growth, and edible berries into just 1.3 miles of family-friendly hiking in Mount Rainier National Park.
 
 
Longmire to Devil's Dream Camp

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.5 miles, one-way
Gain: 2400 ft.
Highest Point: 5000.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Climb up and up on the Wonderland Trail as you make your way along the southwest side of Mount Rainier. Enjoy sweeping views of the mountain and surrounding peaks.