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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.

Distance: 0.7 miles Elevation Gain: 39 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


nature trips


bird watching


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

11 days ago

Did partial of the rampage ridge trail and turned around at Longmire view point. 3.4 miles round trip plus the shadow of the giants trail

20 days ago

Cool signs to explain history of area. Easy hike. Bubble pop up from the ground from ground sulfur. Longmire cabin that you can go into.

8 months ago

trail was icy in some spots and the bridges all had snow on them, nice walk after viewing the museum.

9 months ago

Starts with old hot springs area (now cold) then onto beautiful forest meets meadow areas. Lots of markers identifying trees and plants. Easy 1/2 hour hike. Great for a rainy day.

Thu Jul 04 2019

This was a really easy hike that is great for any skill level. Lots of signs that were educational. There was even an original cabin that was built in the 1800s that you are able to walk in. You might want to consider going to the Longmire Museum, just across the street from the hike entrance. There are restrooms, a small picnic area, a place to eat, and a gift shop.

Mon Jun 10 2019

Very easy trail, great for kids. Have a toddler that could walk a good portion on his own. Some beautiful trees along the trail. There was a short side trail to the middle of the meadow that was shaded in mid afternoon with nice views of the mountain.

Thu May 30 2019

Educational stroll. Great place to start a day of hiking.

Mon May 13 2019

pros: *lots to see * kiddo friendly * lots of parking * CLOSE TO BATHROOM cons: * short * have to cross busy street so holding hands is a must. * can be crowded * park fee * not fur baby friendly visit may 2019

Super easy trail. Very well maintained.

Sun Mar 17 2019

Easy and snowy

Sun Jan 27 2019

Very easy. Slightly muddy today. Has historical information signs places around the trail.

Fri Sep 21 2018

Nice walk with info signs.

Wed Jul 25 2018

5 stars for the beauty of the trail but it’s very small good for kids

Tue Jul 24 2018

What a neat little hike! Such interesting information about the history of the settlers of Mt Rainier.

Thu Jul 19 2018

Short little trail with interesting history along the way. Fun for kids.

Thu Jun 21 2018

Nice little trail. Hike this almost every time I’m at the mountain. Look for the tree a beaver took some bites out of!

Mon May 28 2018

Lovely short hike through a forest that is a treat on a hot summer's day. We did this on the way down from Paradise and having the contrast between a walk in the snow and a walk in the forest was great.

Sun Jan 21 2018

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

Sun Aug 06 2017

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

Mon Jul 31 2017

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

Sat Jul 08 2017

Easy and beautiful

Sat Jul 08 2017

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

Wed May 24 2017

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.

Sun Apr 23 2017

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

Tue Jan 03 2017

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

Mon Jan 02 2017

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

Fri Aug 26 2016

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

Sun Aug 07 2016

Informative hike that's good for a warm up.

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