running
27 days ago

Trail is good to go for runners, 99% clear and dry

hiking
2 months ago

Entire loop was doable without traction. I post holed on the occasional sun affected slope and had to dodge some downed trees but for the most part this trail is open for spring hiking... unless a late season storm comes in.

hiking
blowdown
off trail
scramble
snow
2 months ago

My son and I had intentions of snowshoeing this trail today, but put them away and dug out the micro-spikes. I also had intentions of getting in some landscape photography today, but I ended up overloading my pack, which was not favorable for me, but at least it was a good workout. We went counter-clockwise and met a couple (Briana below :) and Dan) along the way. As the 4 of us ended up around the 4,000' elevation mark, we attempted to go higher, but the incline and icy snow had me sliding backwards in just micro spikes. There were some nasty clouds coming in and the wind gusts were really picking up to the point of deciding on our safety over completing the trail as designed. We opted to go off-script and follow the topo map terrain to a point where we were able to safely get back on trail. It was not ideal, but a good lesson to teach my son in adapting and overcoming as well as not panicking in a stressful situation. He was uneasy, but I was very proud of him in pushing the hike through to completion. There are also trees and branches down on a lot of sections of the trail. We will try this again during the summer months, but for now we will stick to some lower elevation trails until the snow subsides a little. Also, the AllTrails app paused unexpectedly, so there is .5 miles that were not recorded.

hiking
off trail
scramble
snow
2 months ago

Holy. Sh*t. Do not do the trial if you are inexperienced. It’s not moderate. The snow had blown over the trail and we had to back country hike for a while with a trailing bob cat in the area. Luckily there was a dad and son behind us who led the way through tough times. Def better to do in the summer months when there isn’t 3 ft of snow.

snowshoeing
2 months ago

after about a half mile, most of the trail disappears. deep snow and one bridge is rather sketchy. once past the bridge, snowshoes are a must. sinking in to our waist without them. it's not packed down at all. also looks like an avalanche hit about 1 mile into the trail.

Loved it! Clear day and a good hike to get the blood pumping.

snowshoeing
blowdown
fee
icy
muddy
off trail
snow
washed out
3 months ago

Visited here Monday 2/3/2020 to snowshoe near Longmire, also have visited multiple times to hike last summer 2019 and previous years as a sightseer. This park gets very busy in the peak season (summer months), but can be very peaceful before 10am any day of the week in fall, winter and spring. The gates (near Longmire Museum) to Paradise after the park entrance are closed in the winter until 8am. In the winter Longmire bathrooms are closed, but there are porta potties and bathrooms near the road side of the Longmire Inn. A bit slippery in the early am walking on the road w/out traction. Big parking area. Handicap accessible and good for young children at longmire. No other Vehicles in the lot when we arrived at 6:30am, just the snow plows. There was snow on the road early in the am from before Ashford, WA to Longmire, on the way out around 2pm after it snowed all day there was snow on the roadway in the park till maybe right before Ashford, WA. Make sure you carry traction for your car when traveling here in the winter... I saw the back end of a Jeep fishtale around a curve. We snowshoed the Wonderland trail from Longmire Museum to the bridge to Carter Falls and had a break at the bridge. There are a lot of blow downs on the trail, streams on trail and a few parts of the trail have no snow. One bridge crossing with blowdowns on the bridge. We saw snowshoes, micros and one person with no traction all on the way out. 8 people total were seen on trail after 10am. This portion is 4 miles with 437ft elevation gain. There are also a lot of deep postholes on the trail.

hiking
snow
3 months ago

Made our way to Longmire hoping to snowshoe. We ended up hiking most of the way in spikes, but some of our party wore snowshoes. We went clockwise up the trail and it was quite steep to start, not much snow. What snow was there was fairly hard and crunchy- some rain has been through. Many downed trees but easy enough to get around or over/under. We sat at the second viewpoint for a while watching the clouds roll over Rainier, got some nice views for a winter day! Trek down was full of hard snow and a bit icy at times. Spikes and poles (with snowbaskets) are a must, as well as a GPS map (Alltrails or similar) as the route can be hard to find in several places due to the brush and hard snow everywhere. Great snowshoe option for when Paradise road is closed or it's too cold at higher elevations!

hiking
snow
4 months ago

The bridge was completely packed with snow and probably not safe to cross. We made it about .4 miles to the bridge, before turning back . I would not advise using this trail without snowshoes!

hiking
snow
5 months ago

Snow, snow and more snow. Did this hike in summer and decided to try in winter. Absolutely worth it. Made it to the falls. Fresh powder coming down as we made our way up. I'd recommend snow shoes if you have them or at the very least spikea. Hiking poles were came in handy. Saw a total of 5 people on trail besides us. One group had a guy wearing timberland boots, baggy Jean's and an open zip up with just a tank top on. If he made it up there, you can too.

hiking
icy
snow
5 months ago

There is tons of snow on the trail. Bring snow shoes. We managed to get to the falls but had to pack down a trail to reach because the snow was 3ft plus in depth. My whole leg would get swallowed. Overall not bad. Only few people on the trail. If you plan to do this be prepared! Waterproof boots, gaiters, micro spikes or crampons, warm winter clothing, sunglasses, hiking sticks. Ice was breaking near the falls and snow sometimes would slide down the rock wall on the fall side. I wouldn’t recommend going under it or anything. Very beautiful! Be safe out there everyone

hiking
icy
snow
5 months ago

hiking
muddy
5 months ago

Even tho it was overcast this was a very nice trail. I went counter clockwise to try to avoid the rapid incline. Very peaceful setting on the early December day. Highly recommend this trail. If the sun was out the view point of Mt Rainer would’ve been just amazing!

hiking
icy
snow
6 months ago

Hiked on 11-29 starting at about 9AM. One set of tracks in about 6-8 inches of snow pretty much from the get go. We were very grateful for the tracks of the first group as the snow got deeper and the grade got steeper. Turned into a really slog starting at mile 2 with the snow depth increasing to around 1’. Last mile was a brute with near 2’ of snow in parts and quite slippery. Blue bird day though and it paid in crystal clear views of Mt Adams and Saint Helens. The descent was fine and last two miles on the way down were a breeze due to many other hikers packing down the snow. Surely less challenging in the summer season, but we enjoyed the workout and the clear day. This time of year I’d say polls and boot chains or micro spikes required for the upper elevations of this hike to be safe and not be miserable.

hiking
6 months ago

Great Trail for running. Loose snow.

paddle sports
snow
6 months ago

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