Rampart Ridge Loop Trail

MODERATE 83 reviews
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Rampart Ridge Loop Trail is a 4.9 mile loop trail located near Longmire, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and snowshoeing and is best used from June until October.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1374 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

snowshoeing

forest

river

views

wildlife

muddy

snow

no dogs

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.

hiking
28 days ago

11/10/17 Fantastic hike starting from Longmire. So quiet and peaceful.
We started at 10 am, stopped for quick lunch, then finished around 2:30 pm. Short breaks every .5 mile or so 'cause I'm not in my best hiking shape and have short legs. We guess that in another week or so, you may prefer snowshoes, but you'll definitely need microspikes or similar.

We entered the loop trail from the west entrance farthest from the Ranger Station (past the lodge and restrooms). This was based on a recommendation because the east side of the loop is steeper with boulders and steps throughout.

Nice steady gain about 1.5 to top with some moderate switch-backs. The trail is vigorous enough that you only need light, but very water-proof layers. Since you're in the trees, you'll want a hat or hood as the water drips from the trees. About 2 miles in, microspikes highly suggested, especially for the downhill descent. I always use poles, but my hiking buddies didn't.

Tire chains only required if driving past Longmire. The roads were very clear up to Longmire on the day we hiked.

hiking
1 month ago

Just hiked this path, October 26 2017. Spectacular! Path was very well maintained, we did not encounter any snow, the day was beautiful, actually found myself not needing the sweater. It is a bit of a challenge, but definitely doable. Lots of steep switchbacks but it leads to amazing views. Definitely recommend this hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Great rainy day hike! If you’re starting clockwise, jump on the Trail of Shadows on the left. Otherwise, follow the signs from the parking lot for Wonderland Trail. We went left and were happy to get the steep switchbacks done early! Super Trail with a few nice views. The leaves are just beginning to change! Beautiful!

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2 months ago

2 months ago

Lots of enclosed Forest with a couple of great view points. we went with cloudy weather so we couldn't see too much, but a nice wide trail with a good include to start you off, leveling out nicely in the middle before decending back down.

hiking
3 months ago

I am all about views when hiking, this loop had only 2 spots at the top that had a view the rest was hike in the woods.

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5 months ago

A little tough in some portions, but my 12-year-old did it.

hiking
5 months ago

Gorgeous views of Mt Rainier. If you hike the trail in the clockwise direction, it is a short but very steep hike up, through switchbacks, to the scenic point from which you get amazing views of Mt Rainier, and then it is 3 miles of much easier hike going down. If done counterclockwise, the views are saved for last and then a steep hike down. Beautiful trees. Most of the hike is shaded. Not crowded at all. Great loop. Can be easily combined with the Trail of the Shadows walk.

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

Excellent views of Mt Rainier. Going clockwise, the first part of the hike is a steep hike through switchbacks. The second part of the hike goes gradually down. Most of the hike is shaded. The view of Mt Rainier is from the top. Very nice hike, not crowded. Great exercise.

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5 months ago

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5 months ago

Great trail. Lots of shade. It is late June and a beautiful clear sunny day. Beautiful.

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