Rampart Ridge Loop Trail

MODERATE 273 reviews
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Rampart Ridge Loop Trail is a 4.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Longmire, Washington that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, birding, and snowshoeing and is best used from June until October.

Distance: 4.8 miles Elevation Gain: 1,417 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

bird watching

forest

river

views

wildlife

muddy

snow

no dogs

From I-5, take exit 143 for S 320th St toward Federal Way. Stay in the left 2 lanes to turn left onto S 320th and proceed for 0.8 miles. Turn right onto Military Road S and drive for 4.4 miles, then turn left onto WA-161 S and proceed for 3.9 miles. Get into the two left-hand lanes, and turn left onto WA-167 N toward WA 410, then take the exit for 512 W toward 161 S. Proceed on 512 W for 2.5 miles, then exit for South Hill. Follow the signs for 161S/Eatonville/Mount Rainier. Stay on 161 S for 22.6 miles, then turn left onto Center St. E, into Eatonville. Continue onto Alder Cutoff Road E for 6.5 miles, then at a 'T' intersection, turn left onto WA-7 S. Drive through the tiny town of Elbe and continue along Hwy 706, which becomes the Paradise Road when you enter the park. Longmire is about 25 miles from the 'T' intersection before Elbe. Park in the large parking area at Longmire, and head back across the paved highway to find the Trail of the Shadows and your trailhead.

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rocky
15 days ago

Very challenging loop and a great hike when you are short for time or just want a trail that’s not packed in the summer months. I also recommend arriving early to get parking at Longmire Lodge. Mostly assent and descent through shaded forest with a couple really great wide open views up at the top.

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rocky
23 days ago

Lots of switch backs on the way up. I would say this is a hard hike and not so much a moderate.

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28 days ago

It was ok

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bugs
1 month ago

We did this trail 20-07-2019. Was not a special one but there were some nice vieuws of mt Rainier.

hiking
1 month ago

pretty nice trail. View at the look out wasn't spectular but there is a section going down where you can see Mt. Rainier.

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bugs
2 months ago

The most beautiful parts of this trail were found hiking among the trees in the lower elevations. The views at the top were pretty but not the spectacular views you can find elsewhere in the park. Bugs are waiting for you between the viewpoint and the Wonderland Trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Very well keep trail with little rocks or tree roots. As others said, the first couple miles are with a pretty good incline. It was an overcast day and coming off an amazing view at Sugarloaf Mt and Mt Eerie last weekend, this was less impressive for the amount of incline we did. Additionally, the rest of the hike was a little boring.

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bugs
2 months ago

Beautiful hike! Steady incline on the first part. Mosquitoes were a bit bothersome when we stopped for water, but as long as you kept going, they left you alone. Mostly shaded. The mountain was not totally out, so can’t wait to go again on a more clear day!

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rocky
2 months ago

Nice foresty loop with a fairly easy/wide path. It’s a decent climb, but we got passed by a runner, so I guess it’s all relative

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was pretty cool, there’s a viewpoint with a fence that has a pretty good view of Mt. Rainier but if you keep going there’s one that’s even better! The first 1.5 miles is rough being up the whole way, but once you get to the viewpoint it’s either flat or downhill for the rest of the hike. According to my Apple Watch this trail was 5.2 miles, so just a little longer than what all trails said and we finished it in just over 2 hours.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail was pretty cool, there’s a viewpoint with a fence that has a pretty good view of Mt. Rainier but if you keep going there’s one that’s even better! The first 1.5 miles is rough being up the whole way, but once you get to the viewpoint it’s either flat or downhill for the rest of the hike. According to my Apple Watch this trail was 5.2 miles, so just a little longer than what all trails said and we finished it in just over 2 hours.

hiking
2 months ago

We had an amazing time hiking here today, not a bad hike at all. The first part was a bit steep but after you got to the view of Rainier it was all just a walk through the forest. There was a bit of mosquitos so bring some bug spray! It was a really neat hike, and shaded a large part of the way. Not a hike with views the entire time as most of it is through forest area, but still very enjoyable.

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bugs
3 months ago

Tough trail for younger kids. Had to carry our 3 year old most of the trail up. The view was more than worth the effort.

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bugs
3 months ago

The trail started with a steep incline but once you've made it to the top you're rewarded with a spectacular view. A little buggy in some parts but not bad if you have bug spray. The weather was beautiful so we had amazing views on the mountains.

hiking
3 months ago

Super well maintained and beautiful trail. Very pretty and pretty easy.

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bugs
3 months ago

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bugs
3 months ago

Bugs are getting bad already! Nice little hike with a very steady elevation gain for the first couple of miles. The view on a clear day is absolutely amazing!

hiking
3 months ago

Make sure you go to the second (unmarked) viewpoint! Amazing view of Rainier. Trail is through dense forests so I would recommend doing this trail not too late in the day.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice trail through old growth forests up a steep ridge line. Would have given it more stars, but there’s only one decent view of Mount Rainier on the entire loop.

hiking
3 months ago

Went when it was cloudy so we didn't see much, but I still enjoyed it.

bugs
muddy
rocky
3 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

A lot of switchbacks but short with a good view! And plenty to do & see at the bottom

hiking
3 months ago

Rampart Ridge is a gorgeous viewpoint attached to the Wonderland trail. Started at around 10am and began at the trailhead for the Trail of Shadows. The beginning of the hike was very level and had mild terrain. Once I reached the ascension for Rampart Ridge the trail became very challenging. I would recommend to bring walking sticks since the ascension is quite strenuous and when descending there are some pretty steep areas. It was 2 miles up and 3 miles down with plenty of markers to keep you in the right direction! The trail was moderately trafficked and was well maintained! It was such a treat to see the mountain so up close and when I reached the top it was a quiet, relaxing experience!

hiking
3 months ago

This trail is extremely well-kept and paved; No scrambling over rocks. Definitely a challenge, and I wanted to die at points but the view is definitely worth it! Took us about 3 1/2 hours to do the whole thing. There is no snow which is great!

hiking
3 months ago

It’s a nice trail, but not many Mountain viewpoints.

hiking
3 months ago

Great moderate trail with a nice view of rainier at the top!

3 months ago

Wonderful trail for a quick evening hike! Nobody was out there and the view was incredible.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail with some stunning views at the top on a clear day. Hike is fairly steep going uphill for about the first 2 miles, but after that it was not difficult.

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