Twin Firs Loop Trail is a 0.4 mile loop trail located near Paradise Inn, Washington that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and walking and is accessible from May until October.
From the Nisqually Entrance, 4 miles on highway 706 to pullout and trailhead on left side of the road
Short hike but a MUST DO!
Short, but oh so sweet.
The Twin Firs Loop Trail is a great introduction to the old growth forest of Mount Ranier National Park. The trail is well-maintained, short, and mostly level, and the park service has installed handrails and footbridges in the more difficult to negotiate spots (due to the amount of precipitation that falls on Mt. Ranier, the trail is very wet in spots).
The main attraction of the trail is the giant Western Hemlock and Red Cedar trees. If you're from the eastern U.S. like me, you've never seen such trees! In some spots on the trail, you can tell that you are walking on top of centuries worth of fallen needles, and it helps to impress on you just how long the trees have been standing.
This is also a somewhat overlooked trail since it's right inside the Nisqually entrance and miles before the first visitor center, so it's a great opportunity for a quiet hike. We were the only hikers on the trail when we hiked it.