Trail of the Shadows Trail

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Trail of the Shadows Trail is a 0.7 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Longmire, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until October.

0.7 miles
36 feet

kid friendly



nature trips



wild flowers

no dogs

From the Nisqually Entrance, 6 miles on highway 706 to Longmire. Parking lot is located behind the National Park Inn, trailhead is directly across the street from the inn

1 month ago

I loved all the information this hike had. It was super easy and a nice break from the car.

6 months ago

Great little trail. Hiked with Michael after long drive in car to get to the national park.

6 months ago

Super simple trail that is kid friendly. One of my favorite quick hikes.

7 months ago

Easy and beautiful

7 months ago

Nice and easy walk. Lots of shade on a hot summer day.

9 months ago

A nice quick hike just across the road from the National Park Inn. To be honest, beauty is all around you in this park so if you like quick and easy give it a go. You won't be displeased.

10 months ago

It's a nice walk. It connects with other trails, providing more of a challenge

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

We did the guided ranger tour. Very educational, very beautiful. Way too many loud kids. Very crowded.

Monday, January 02, 2017

This was our first hike when we got to the park...nice informational walk to stretch the legs.

Friday, August 26, 2016

A leisurely, fun trail with kids! Lots of shade, not difficult at all... We enjoyed it!

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Informative hike that's good for a warm up.

Monday, May 16, 2016

very pretty trail lots to look at and some history on the trails area. just did the loop there was more to the hike but the up hill climb was too much for my kids. I think any family could do it.

Sunday, May 08, 2016

It's my second hike and it's worth the trip.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

This was a short, easy, and educational trail located across the street from the National Park Inn. I walked this trail as a brisk morning warm-up while staying at the inn. The cabin and mineral bath are cool to explore along the way. I didn't see a lot of wildlife, but there are a ton of gnawed trees from the beavers.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Fun, informative, and very easy hike down at Longmire. Cool log cabin built in 1888, as well as a ton of bubbling springs. Good hike for kids.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Short easy trail. Very informative and fun.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Loved the scenery! It was a short trail, just enough for my family to get hooked though. Going to work into the other trails. Having a newborn and a wife just 7 weeks after giving birth requires slow progress. We will be back to do more!

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The trail has always been a favorite of mine since I was little. Was able to share it with my husband finally. There is still snow on the trail. it is hard and icy so bring trek poles to stabilize yourself. The water table is really high right now so the streams are flowing really fast and the wishing well is overflowing onto the trail itself. It is so quiet and peaceful with very few tourist making noise out there. I loved it so much.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Very scenic trail. The old log cabin is cool to look at, as well as the Longmire Spring. Perfect if don't have a lot of time. Beavers live in the area: you can see where they chew at the trees. We also saw about 4 or 5 deer. The trees are huge!

Friday, June 15, 2012

This is a fun little trail near the lodge at Longmire in Mount Ranier National Park that is suitable for hikers of all ability levels. The trail commemorates some of the early European settlers in the area of Mt. Ranier and includes a replica cabin and ruins of mineral baths built by James Longmire, a settler who saw economic potential in the mountain's many mineral springs and decided to build a health spa.

The trail also has some nice natural features, including mineral springs, forest, and meadows. When the trail is not busy, there is a definite possibility of wildlife sightings. We saw plenty of evidence that beavers were active in the area.

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