Rampart Ridge Loop Trail is a 4.9 mile loop trail located near Longmire, WA that features a great forest setting and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is accessible from June until October.
From the Nisqually Entrance, 6 miles on highway 706 to Longmire. Parking lot is located behind the National Park Inn. The trail begins at the Trail of the Shadows trailhead directly across the street from the inn.
If you don't have a lot of time, this is a great short hike!!
The entire loop offers perfect mix of challenge and reward. The 1300+ elevation gain tested both endurance and lungs. The view from atop the ridge was obscured by clouds, but still magnificent as all the valley below was visible. I highly recommend this trail to weekend hikers looking for moderate challenge. Very convenient to start and finish at Longmire. Be aware that there are several surfaces to cross like rock stairs, low log bridges and root laden trails. It adds to the scenery, but increases the challenge.
Not too busy if you go early enough in the morning.
Hiked the loop on a beautiful day. Steady uphill climb right from the beginning. Cool, shady most of the hike with a good view of Mt Ranier when you get to the ridge. Great trails.
Such a wonderful hike!
Great weather, and company. Father's Day on the mountain. Trail was a bit muddy from rain the night before before but the temp was perfect and just a few light clouds made for great views of the mountain. Not too much traffic either.
This was a fairly easy hike. There is a little side trail off the main that has a better view than the actual viewpoint. Look for a little area off the main with a lot of rocks. It's about 200 feet from the actual viewpoint. It's a great spot to have lunch.
On the way down, we got confused which way to go. We knew it looped, but there were several routes to go- all with the same name. Definitely one of those panicked moments where we just wanted to find our car! Wish things were marked better.
I'm giving this 4 stars because the view was outstanding, and there weren't many people on the trail. It was nice being alone out there.
Did this hike during February which was pretty neat. The bottom half of the trail was warm whereas the highest park of the trail had several feet of snow. The snow was slippery in a few place with regular hiking boots but manageable. Also didn't have any issues following the trail. Couldn't see Mt. Rainier at all though (due to clouds) which was a total bummer as this was my first visit to the park. Had fun though!
Great hike that's just tough enough to keep experienced hikers interested to make a good challenge for all skill levels. Perfect for people trying to get into longer hikes, recommended to everyone who has a few hours. Great views of looking back down on Longmire and later of the other side of the peak, looking out into the vast wilderness.
This is a well groomed and easy to follow trail. It has a steady incline of 2000 ft. The trail provides some great views of Mt. Rainer and the surrounding mountains range on a clear day.
Went in December. Beautiful winter landscape. Watch for falling snow off of tree boughs. We got hit hard.
Great hike! Went clockwise and didn't encounter too much snow, until almost to the top. We only used snow/ice cleats over our snow boots and did just fine. I wouldn't recommend snow shoes because of the steep and narrow parts, unless you're a seasoned showshoer. But stay on the trail, or you will sink, as we did many times, but it was a lot of fun. Hit a lot of snow across the top of the ridge itself. Before we started, the ranger said many folks were having a hard time finding the cut off, back down the Wonderland Trail, and were getting lost. We didn't have any problems though. Make sure you take a map. At 2.9 miles there will be a "T" intersection - turn right. The slope back down was much more steep and icy. Numerous trees had fallen over the trail, but they were not hard to get around; made for an adventurous trip. Definitely well worth it.
Did this trail on Saturday, January 9th. It was a nice day with some sun breaking through the clouds. I did the route counter clock wise. While I did bring some small snow shoes, the snow was packed down well enough not to need them, and I was able to hike the entire route. Trees were down in the lower Wonderland Trail portion of the route, but the rest of the trail was clear. Where there were down trees the route around them was easy. I did a very good pace (even being out of shape) I was able to manage the route in about 3-hours.
It was a nice hike
The view of Rainier at the high point of the loop is nice. If you sit on the rocks to eat your lunch, watch out for birds trying to steal it. Bugs can get nasty where the Wonderland Trail joins up. We had a cloud of them attach to us and flow us a long way down the trail.
Unlike most people I actually did the loop counterclockwise, going up Wonderland and down Rampart. Even though it was very cloudy and foggy, the trip was very fun and worth it. Couldn't see much of anything at the lookout point, but oh well, maybe next time. The trail is very smooth and steady, with great scenery.
Hiked this trail in early November. It had plenty scenic and natural formations to keep the interest of our family. It was of moderate difficulty and definately will leave the thighs sore the next day. Perfect day hike. Took us 2 hours at a moderate pace with a few breaks to enjoy the scenery.
Great. First hike in a while. Saw two deer on the trail and some good pictures. Mount Rainier was covered in clouds but still worth the time. I will do it again.
Parked at Longmire and decided to hike this clockwise as suggested by others. Defiantly the way to go!
The trail starts steep with a series of switchbacks and does not let up until you reach the top. This is a thigh burner and you will feel it. Once on top it is an easy hike across and meets up with the Wonderland Trail. You can continue on or make your way back down to Longmire completing the loop. There is one viewpoint on top that looks down on Longmire. Continue on the trail and you are rewarded with some great views of the Mountain.
Not many people on the trail until we made it to Wonderland and then we passed many. It was 85 degrees and even under the cover of trees it was still plenty warm.