Trail of the Shadows Trail

EASY 15 reviews

Trail of the Shadows Trail is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Longmire, WA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible from April until October.

0.7 miles 51 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

forest

wild flowers

From the Nisqually Entrance, 6 miles on highway 706 to Longmire. Parking lot is located behind the National Park Inn, trailhead is directly across the street from the inn

2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

A leisurely, fun trail with kids! Lots of shade, not difficult at all... We enjoyed it!

hiking
4 months ago

Informative hike that's good for a warm up.

6 months ago

very pretty trail lots to look at and some history on the trails area. just did the loop there was more to the hike but the up hill climb was too much for my kids. I think any family could do it.

hiking
7 months ago

It's my second hike and it's worth the trip.

hiking
11 months ago

This was a short, easy, and educational trail located across the street from the National Park Inn. I walked this trail as a brisk morning warm-up while staying at the inn. The cabin and mineral bath are cool to explore along the way. I didn't see a lot of wildlife, but there are a ton of gnawed trees from the beavers.

hiking
1 year ago

Fun, informative, and very easy hike down at Longmire. Cool log cabin built in 1888, as well as a ton of bubbling springs. Good hike for kids.

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Short easy trail. Very informative and fun.

hiking
1 year ago

hiking
1 year ago

Loved the scenery! It was a short trail, just enough for my family to get hooked though. Going to work into the other trails. Having a newborn and a wife just 7 weeks after giving birth requires slow progress. We will be back to do more!

hiking
2 years ago

The trail has always been a favorite of mine since I was little. Was able to share it with my husband finally. There is still snow on the trail. it is hard and icy so bring trek poles to stabilize yourself. The water table is really high right now so the streams are flowing really fast and the wishing well is overflowing onto the trail itself. It is so quiet and peaceful with very few tourist making noise out there. I loved it so much.

walking
4 years ago

Very scenic trail. The old log cabin is cool to look at, as well as the Longmire Spring. Perfect if don't have a lot of time. Beavers live in the area: you can see where they chew at the trees. We also saw about 4 or 5 deer. The trees are huge!

hiking
4 years ago

This is a fun little trail near the lodge at Longmire in Mount Ranier National Park that is suitable for hikers of all ability levels. The trail commemorates some of the early European settlers in the area of Mt. Ranier and includes a replica cabin and ruins of mineral baths built by James Longmire, a settler who saw economic potential in the mountain's many mineral springs and decided to build a health spa.

The trail also has some nice natural features, including mineral springs, forest, and meadows. When the trail is not busy, there is a definite possibility of wildlife sightings. We saw plenty of evidence that beavers were active in the area.

hiking
5 years ago

Great for kids and families. Level not too far and plenty of sights and sounds.