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Madcap Falls Trail is a 2.9 mile out and back trail located near Longmire, Washington that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from July until October.

Length 2.9 mi Elevation gain 646 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Hiking Waterfall No dogs
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Mt Rainier entrance fee

Longmire Wilderness Information Center Tel: 360.569.4453

From the Nisqually Entrance, 8.3 miles on highway 706 to wide shoulder on right side of road near Cougar Rock Campground.

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Mark San
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Megan Klein
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Fun hike up to the “three bridges” past Madcap Falls. While Carter Falls is clearly marked and Madcap Falls is not, it’s still easy to find Madcap Falls. Once you get to Carter Falls, continue up on the same, well-travelled trail until you come to another waterfall as big as Carter Falls. If you haven’t come across a waterfall as big as Carter Falls, you haven’t gone far enough. As for the three bridges, they are past Madcap Falls by quite a bit. As you head up the same trail in search of them, keep in mind the bridges you’re looking for are bigger than little ramps bypassing a hole in the ground. Once you get to the first bridge, the second and third are coming right up. I posted a photo of the third bridge, which also has some fairly flat spots beside the river for lunch, photos, and a break.

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David Holmes
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Rocky only near the trailhead/Nisqually river. After you turn from the river it's an easy walk w/ an occasional hill. Mostly shaded, no vistas, but follows Paradise river nicely. A great walk through the woods!

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Kelly Tilton
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we had a great hike with our 4 teenagers on this trail today. Not to many people when we started but more showed up at 2pm when we finished. it is a continuous hill up to the falls. we liked that Carter had a sign wished madcap had one. we ended up walking further up to the three bridges. we are our lunch on the first one and walked over the other three. the third bridge area has a little beach right now that you can sit and soak in nature. great place for lunch.

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Michelle G
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Went to Carter Falls, but was not successful getting to Madcap Falls. It appears the falls is off the trail path. I didn’t see a way to get there.

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Simon Guérard
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Nothing very special

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Taylor Larsen
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This waterfall is just a bit beyond the Carter Falls viewing point. The hike into Carter and Madcap is pretty neat. From crossing the Nisqually River to walking through the old and new growth forests. It could be considered moderate for those not used to steady incline.

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Stephen Wallace
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More moderate than easy given the continuous climb but it offers two waterfalls albeit with slightly obscured views.

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Bruce Jones
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We have hiked this trail a number of times. It’s fun. When the snow is new...it’s beautiful. This time of year the falls are at their best. If you you want to add to the hike, park at Longmire then start via the Wonderland Trail rather than the normal step off by Cougar Rock Camp Grounds. Adds some additional scenery. Note: it can get pretty crowded when the snow disappears.

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Jason Kay
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Nicole Carr
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This was a great trail for the family, very pretty and well travelled.

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Jennie Boyer
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Very nice trail, snow is all gone now.

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Jon Henry
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Good hike up. Trail is well kept, and it still had snow up by Carter Falls today.

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Spencer Barker
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This trail is located shortly after the Carter Falls. As this trail is the continuation of the Carter Falls trail it has the same steep inclines, and great views.

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Stephanie Williams
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Bonnie Funiciello
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Abdon Espiricueta
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Paula French
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Jeanette Sexton
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Shelby Larubina
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Sam L
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Gabriela Olguin-Nguyen
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Maria Gilbert
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Shali Grant
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Yaz Obara
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LeeAnn Marie McDonald
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Leslie Davison
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