Rampart Ridge Loop Trail

MODERATE 100 reviews
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Rampart Ridge Loop Trail is a 4.7 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
4.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1400 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
20 days ago

Snowy the whole way, which made it a challenging uphill climb but the views along the back ridgeway in the tree clearing were amazing of my rainier (not a marked viewpoint) then took the tail end of wonderland trail back to the road. The down trek in the snow was so fun and much easier than the way up, we ran most of the way down. We wore micro spikes to help with traction, which I would recommend for icy/snowy conditions

1 month ago

A beautiful hike with great views and a nice climb.

2 months ago

Meh

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful day, weather held out perfectly for the hike. Trail is well maintained and easy to navigate still, not much snow on the ground.

hiking
4 months ago

Used just my waterproof boots & poles but would recommend small traction devices for the way down. a dusting to 3 inches tops on the trail. Cloudy day so no view of Rainier but it's a gorgeous trail through the forest with waterfalls and little bridges. Followed 3 deer for a bit too! Great day out and a perfect length trail.

hiking
5 months 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
5 months 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
6 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!

6 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
8 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.

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 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.

hiking
9 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.

hiking
9 months ago

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

9 months ago

Went Memorial Day weekend 2017, steep at the first, but tapered off near the top. Several views, but the best was an amazingly close view of the mountain at top. Way worth the climb.

hiking
10 months ago

Muddy, has potential for a few beautiful views if it were not for the cloud cover but overall decent hike! Hardly crowded for a Saturday :)

hiking
10 months ago

The first office hike of the season was a success and a butt kicker! The trail and roads are clear of snow and the top of the trail was still amazing with the cloud cover.

10 months ago

great hike, great company with my son's. 4.0, would have been a 5.0 if there were more views and lounging spots uninterrupted like summit lake

hiking
10 months ago

A nice trail on a late May day. The trail up was nice and cleared of a lot of debris while the way down and at the top still had snow. There was still up to 3 feet to walk over for nearly 2 miles. It was still a nice day but could be difficult or dangerous for those not ready to walk through snowfall. This type of weather is expected still early in the year for hiking.

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Great hike. Love that it intersects with other trails

Friday, November 18, 2016

Even on a rainy day this trail was so beautiful! Also, nice and quiet. Didn't see any other hikers till the end of our travels. Can't wait to go back again!

hiking
Monday, September 19, 2016

If you don't have a lot of time, this is a great short hike!!

hiking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

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.

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

Not too busy if you go early enough in the morning.

Friday, July 08, 2016

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.

snowshoeing
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Such a wonderful hike!

hiking
Monday, June 20, 2016

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.

hiking
Sunday, June 19, 2016

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.

hiking
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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!

Monday, May 23, 2016

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.

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