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Results List

75 Hikes
Nisqually Vista Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
1.1 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 200 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.67
(9 votes)
Follow the trails here to views of Mount Rainier's rocky Nisqually River valley and the much-receded Nisqually Glacier.
 
 
Narada Falls

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
0.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 100 ft.
Highest Point: 4650.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.75
(8 votes)
If you’ve been to Mount Rainier’s Paradise, you may be familiar with Narada Falls, and the short hike down to its popular viewpoint. But are you aware of the other trails this short hike connects to? Do you wonder what ‘Narada’ means? Read on to find out.
 
 
Narada Falls to Reflection Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1150 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.36
(14 votes)
Hiking the trail between the Narada Falls viewpoint and Reflection Lakes is pleasant enough. But you can extend the route into a loop featuring an unobstructed view of the Tatoosh Range from a rocky bluff, and an up-close experience of the awe-inspiring whitewater cascades of the Paradise River.
 
 
Mount Wow

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3800 ft.
Highest Point: 6040.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(1 vote)
Followed the remnants of old logging road to the end, then head up the southwest ridge of Mt. Wow toward peak 5614, for incredible views of Mount Rainier. Class 2 or 3, climbing experience and equipment strongly recommended.
 
 
Mount Ararat

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
12.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 4000 ft.
Highest Point: 6010.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Fine, in your face views, of Mount Rainier await hikers willing to hoof it 4000 vertical feet up to the top of Mount Ararat from the Kautz Creek parking area.
 
 
Mirror Lakes

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3900 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.17
(6 votes)
Just a short jaunt from the cabin at Indian Henry's Hunting Grounds is Mirror Lakes, a beautiful little tarn that, in the right weather, reflects Rainier's west-facing slopes beautifully.
 
 
Lakes Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
5.25 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1550 ft.
Highest Point: 5800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(7 votes)
Explore this loop that begins and ends at the popular Paradise Ranger Station on Mount Rainier. Hike a little more than five miles around and through a myriad of delightful lakes at the base of Washington's tallest volcano.
 
 
Lake George

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
9.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 930 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(9 votes)
Ascend the decommissioned portion of the Westside Road to the Lake George Trailhead, and then follow a moderately steep trail through an old-growth Douglas fir and hemlock forest to a secluded and beautiful campground on the shores of a beautiful blue-green mountain lake. Grab a permit at the Longmire Ranger Station and make it an overnight - but bring warm clothes.
 
 
Alta Vista Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
1.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 560 ft.
Highest Point: 5960.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.33
(6 votes)
The Alta Vista Loop is one of the trails located at Paradise at Mount Rainier National Park. This trail system is known for fantastic displays of wildflowers in the summer and dramatic panoramic views of Mount Rainier and the surrounding foothills all year long.
 
 
Moraine Trail

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
2.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 5850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(2 votes)
Sometimes the crowds at Mount Rainier’s Paradise can be overwhelming. Hike the Moraine Trail to get off of asphalt paths and away from the throngs. The reward is a view down into the immense Nisqually River Valley from the very edge of its moraine.
 
 
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.
 
 
Golden Gate Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
4.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1160 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.50
(4 votes)
Follow a loop trail that samples what Mount Rainier has to offer: a popular waterfall, vast expanses of wildflowers, numerous snowmelt streams, a historic monument to the mountain’s first climbers, and of course views of Mount Rainier itself.
 
 
Iron Mountain

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Climb a peak near Mount Rainier for infrequently seen views of Washington's most famous peak. Climbing experience and equipment required.
 
 
Kautz Creek Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
8.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2800 ft.
Highest Point: 5300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(2 votes)
Kautz Creek is a rewarding snowshoe trek for those willing to put in the effort. You’ll find sweeping views of the Tatoosh Range and Mount Rainier, but those come only after enduring four steadily uphill, largely view-free miles.
 
 
Indian Henry's Hunting Ground via Tahoma Creek

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
12.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2520 ft.
Highest Point: 5400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.86
(7 votes)
You’ll not meet any hunters in Indian Henry’s Hunting Ground these days, but the area is named for one of the most prominent Native American guides in the area, who lived here before it became a national park. Accessible via Longmire or the West Side road, this destination promises abundant wildflowers and berries, and excellent up-close views of "The Mountain."
 
 
Golden Gate

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
3.2 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 1000 ft.
Highest Point: 6400.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
The Golden Gate trail provides a quick route to amazing panoramas of Mount Rainier and the craggy peaks of the Tatoosh Range. Pass through wildflower-studded alpine meadows, a clear sparkling stream, and up a steep, well-maintained trail. You can even make it a loop, if you want to explore the lush parkland at the foot of Washington's tallest mountain.
 
 
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!
 
 
Copper Mountain

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
Gain: 3868 ft.
Highest Point: 6280.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
0.00
(0 votes)
Climb to the summit of a peak near Mount Rainier. Climbing experience and equipment required.
 
 
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.
 
 
Westside Road

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
11.0 miles, roundtrip
Rating:
Average rating:
1.75
(4 votes)
Mount Rainier's Westside Road is closed in winter at the junction with Highway 706, making this road showshoe more than 11 miles roundtrip.
 
 
Van Trump Park

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2150 ft.
Highest Point: 5850.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.36
(25 votes)
Follow tumbling, churning, Van Trump Creek upstream past spectacular Bloucher Falls and Comet Falls, to an alpine meadow featuring views of Mount Rainier and easy wandering. For an added treat, hike two extra miles for a stunning view of the barren Kautz Creek valley from Mildred Point.
 
 
Twin Firs Loop

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
0.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 50 ft.
Highest Point: 2550.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
3.12
(8 votes)
This short, family-friendly trail is a great spot for viewing impressive old growth and finding a reprieve from the strong summer sunshine.
 
 
Trail of the Shadows

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
0.7 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 20 ft.
Highest Point: 2770.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
2.73
(11 votes)
A short loop trail appropriate for all ages and abilities, this little walk provides an opportunity for anyone to appreciate the history of Longmire while immersing themselves in nature. It can also act as a mellow warm-up for the steep Rampart Ridge Trail.
 
 
Tahoma Creek

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
Rating:
Average rating:
4.00
(6 votes)
 
Trail closed: The Tahoma Creek Trail is washed out, difficult to navigate and travels through a hazardous area.
 
 
Indian Henry's Hunting Ground via Longmire

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
14.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 3200 ft.
Highest Point: 5600.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.12
(8 votes)
Hiking from Longmire to Indian Henry's Hunting Ground offers a beautiful tour of various environments contained within the park, not to mention stellar views of the surrounding mountains, and a healthy dose of history to boot.
 
 
Cora Lake

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
6.0 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 400 ft.
Highest Point: 3800.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
4.11
(9 votes)
Enjoy this easy hike through massive trees with great views of a lovely lake and an impressive lookout towering over it all.
 
 
Nisqually State Park

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
Rating:
Average rating:
3.00
(3 votes)
Just a few miles west of Eatonville, off Highway 7, is Washington's newest state park. Created thanks to a partnership between the Nisqually Tribe, Washington State Parks, and other local agencies, the park provides 1,300 acres of forest, prairie, and riverside trails to recreate in.
 
 
Snow Bowl Hut Snowshoe

Mount Rainier Area -- SW - Longmire/Paradise

 
8.5 miles, roundtrip
Gain: 2000 ft.
Highest Point: 4300.0 ft.
Rating:
Average rating:
5.00
(7 votes)
This trail is open for day use but the Mount Tahoma Huts are closed to prevent the spread of COVID-19
Bruni's Snow Bowl Hut is named for Brunhilde (Bruni) Wislicenus, a passionate mountaineer and wilderness skier who donated a substantial portion of the funds to rebuild the hut after a fire in 2007 burnt the original to the ground. Now, it provides skiers and snowshoers a place to warm up after a bracing 4.5 mile jaunt along forest roads in Tahoma State Forest.