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 offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October.

Length4.8 miElevation gain1,417 ftRoute typeLoop
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Getting There

Mount Rainier National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55.

Mt Rainier entrance fee

Longmire Wilderness Information Center Tel: 360.569.4453

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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Erwan Lent
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Lilia Malchevskiy
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Brooke Hanson
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The views were amazing. Used only micro spikes and did just fine

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Bj Reygers
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Ann Jones
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Walking

After reading other reports I wanted to see how bad it was just in hiking boots. It's doable, but I would definitely take trekking poles at least. I had my microspikes, but didn't use them. One woman that was coming off the trail on crutches may have been injured on the foot bridges they are very slick. (I posted a photo of them.)Go slow, watch your step and allow time to put on gear if necessary. A few spots showed evidence of areas in the snow that had been punched through up near the top. I totally understand why everyone says to go clockwise. If you go counter you have to go up the stairs I also posted a photo of them. Weather was great. Friendly groups on the trail. Not super crowded. Started at sunrise.

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Brett Gillis
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It was a rainy and very cloudy day but we just love this crisp mountain air

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Taylor Larsen
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Did this hike on 1/2/2021 - cold, wet and windy trail that changed to snow as you went further up the trail. First section was steep switchbacks and then the back half was an easier grade downhill. Used spikes. Very busy as everyone that was planning to go past Longmire was unable to since the gate never opened due to weather conditions. Great trail!

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Sophia CR
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HikingMuddySnow

Ended up on this trail today after a change of plans (Paradise was closed due to snow) and we loved it! We did the loop with regular hiking boots and had no issues. We went clockwise from Longmire starting at the Trail of Shadows. The first 1.5 miles were fairly steep with lots of switchbacks; the last 3 miles were very easy. Mostly well-packed snow on the trail, with some slushy parts toward the very end. We couldn't see much at the viewpoints through the clouds, but the trail itself had lots to offer -- deer, canada jays, and beautiful creeks. Overall, a great winter's day!

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Jake Reichardt
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HikingIcyMuddySnow

The weather was awful today, cold and rainy, just a few degrees too warm for snow. Luckily Mt Rainier NP forest is beautiful, even on a rainy winter day, and we had a nice time despite getting soaked. We did this loop with a little extra exploring at the top. There was no snow at the start of the trail, then we put on microspikes when it got slippery, and finally used our snowshoes at the top. Except for our side trip towards Pyramid Creek camp the trail is all well-packed, doable with microspikes or even just boots if you don't mind sliding a bit.

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Lynn Eville
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HikingGreat!

Not many people, beautiful day. Not enough snow for snowshoes even on top, but icy in spots, microspikes would have been helpful at times.

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Jacob Wishko
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HikingGreat!Snow

Opportunities for solitude abound. Trail is easy to follow with snow the whole way. One section where snow drifts cause you to post hole up to your hip for about 50meters.

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Satish Krishnan
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Beautiful views of Mt. Rainier at the top! We saw no more than a dozen hikers in the trail. We hiked clockwise, there was snow after about a 1.5 miles. Micro spikes were useful, there was a good compacted trail; stepping outside of the compacted trail led to post-holing.

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Sara Voboril-Porter
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Great hike. Beautiful views. Need microspikes, another snow and snowshoes will be needed. Post holed in some places.

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Jim Christian
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Colleen Scully
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went on 11/25 arrived at 10am no chains needed (even up to paradise). snow was falling the whole time on the hike. we didn't put snow shoes on till we got to the top. pretty easy hike. very pretty with the snow

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Julian Bester
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No snowshoes this trip but will be needed soon. Didn't posthole but was getting difficult along the ridge. This was a good workout.

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Irvin Gutierrez
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Great trail in late November. Plenty of snow long the route. Recommend using crampons. Awesome views of Mt Rainier at the top on a clear day.

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Seth McKinney
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Snow near the top. Good boot path though. Poles and traks recommended.

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Jeremy Hiebel
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Michael Charwood
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Jeff Tinsley
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Tawni Carlsen
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HikingGreat!

Had the trail mostly to myself this morning! Started at 9am. Gorgeous day for it. Well maintained with trail markers along the way! I had cell service along the ridge. The view of Mt Rainier is a stunner!

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Gabriel Ross
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HikingGreat!

There aren't very many view point along the trail.

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Katie Brown
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I didn’t do the full loop, and I didn’t make it to a spectacular view... maybe I didn’t go far enough!

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