Explore the most popular hiking trails near Longmire with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
3 days ago

Strenuous backpacking trip that was well worth the amazing scenery. Definitely pick as light as possible and consider caching food to save weight. I did the entire loop with about 60 pounds on my back which I really felt on the sharp inclines and declines. Bugs weren't too bad except for the miles around Devils Dream. Obtaining a walk-in permit was surprisingly easy if you're flexible in your plans. I did it in 9 days which seemed just right. Get out and check this off your bucket list!

backpacking
11 days ago

Epic views and ever changing scenery. The Wonderland takes you through subalpine meadows, old growth forests, over talus fields and raging glacial rivers. Challenging elevation gains and losses, I think there might be 10 feet of flat path on the whole trail! Challenging terrain in places and smooth forest path in others. Snow crossings, sketchy washout sections. Always, ALWAYS check trail conditions report before heading out, especially to see if bridges are in and never underestimate the danger of the water crossings, never ford alone. Be prepared to change plans or bail out if you cannot cross safely. Campsites all have backcountry privy and bear poles. Cache points at Sunrise, Longmire and Mowich, and abundant water sources make it easy to travel light. Trail is well marked and traveled.

Great hike. not sure why its rated as easy its up hill all the way there. there are a view pretty steep sections. Great views. Worth the effort.

Not sure why this trail is Rated as easy it's uphill the entire way some pretty steep spots. Great views not very many people. Well worth the effort.

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

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

on Lake George Trail

hiking
26 days ago

The hubby and I hiked to Lake George on a sunny Saturday 2nd week in July. We started around 8am and the parking lot was already full. We thought the trail would be busy but we passed about three people coming down the trail as we were heading up. First part is scenic with the rushing creek. Miles of road hiking and it wasn’t until we got to the trail head and hiked a half mile up that we could see gorgeous side views of Mt. Rainier. Parts were a little scary where the trail was narrow and there would be a steep drop off. When we got to the lake..... oh my.... the Lake was Gorgeous! There was nobody hanging out at the lake. People must have gone 3 miles further to Gobbler’s Knob. Wish we had the time to go further. There were tons of mosquitos so we didn’t stay long. Hiking down took half the time. I would definitely hike this again, but I would bring stronger bug repellent. Four hours RT. It’s a super easy trail, and the view of lake George on a warm sunny day does not disappoint.

hiking
28 days ago

We lucked out and got a permit for the whole trail and did it in 10 days. Coming from flat Oklahoma this was still a little strenuous. Cool the first few days and snow still on the east side in early July but we had a few warm days to conquer it and thankfully boot tracks to show us the way. Otherwise make sure you have a map and altimeter to cross the snow.

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

feet hurt

This is a great hike with a huge reward at the top. Well worth the trek up. It is rated Hard... I would say medium/intermediate. I am not gonna lie, last bit is a little hard. Mosquitoes a plenty

The views were absolutely amazing and definitely an accomplishment when you reach the top. I am glad to have hiked this trail.

I agree with Cade, trail was not hard but the last 1/4 mile or so was steep but easy with the built in steps (I’m 62 btw). Hiked on July 3, 2018 and a few snow patches remaining but easy to see the trail. Marmots and views rocked! A really great gradual uphill trail otherwise. I highly recommend! Poles not really needed.

Cool trail, wouldn't rate it as hard, maybe a high moderate. Our group got on the trail around 10:30 and got back just after 3 with a huge break at the top. Saw a deer with her fawn and some marmots near the top, pretty decent trail.

Great hike! Very steep incline in the beginning. You will hit the view point and see a glimpse of rainier on your left. I recommend to continue hiking and go past the viewpoint and you will get a good view of mount Rainier.

hiking
1 month ago

Well maintained trail with great views of Mount Rainier (and from an unusual angle). Most of the hike is entirely within forest, which was really calming at 8 am. The hike isn't anything special, but I'm rating it highly because you get some elevation, some peace and quiet, and a nice view all within 3 hours or so. There were a TON of bugs at the Wonderland Trail junction, however. I used bug spray multiple times and I still got bitten twice. No snow.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a very serene hike, even if a lot of work to do the initial climb. The trees are impressive to look at. At the top there are a couple of good views of Mt. Rainier, but most of the hike is through the woods.

We took to the high country instead of following the riverbed. A bit difficult in a few areas but doable. Loved the suspension bridge!!

Nice hike. Parking lot fills up fast on Saturday so get there early. Small parking lot by trailhead so I would suggest parking by the museum parking lot and hike to the trailhead. 5 min walk. Still snow up on the top. Trailhead starts by the Nisqually Suspension bridge.

hiking
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

I’ve hiked this twice. It begins off the trail of the shadows at Longmire and starts off with A LOT of switchbacks. I enjoyed the hike a lot more once we reached the top and worked our way down. A pole is going to make the way down a bit easier on the knees. (There are rather large steps down). Great view of the mountain and of Longmire area. Found some blueberry bushes too!

Beautiful hike. No snow.

06.17.2018 - I hated this trail. It was so boring. We started by the Wonderland Trail side and ended the loop in the Longmire side. I’ve hiked a few trails in the past couple of weeks and this was by far my least favorite and one I won’t hike again. I’m giving it two stars because the viewpoint of the mountain was really nice but to me not worth the hike. Bring some mosquito repellant and long sleeves, maybe even a mosquito head net. The mosquitos on the Wonderland side of the trail were unreal and were feasting on us. They were biting through my leggings even with mosquito repellent! I ended up wearing my sweatshirt even though it was really hot because I was getting bitten so bad.

hiking
2 months ago

This was a great trail for the family, very pretty and well travelled.

hiking
2 months ago

It was cloudy but, still had the opportunity to enjoy its

I think Andreas review below nailed most of the must knows for this hike! There definitely is a suspension bridge out there for those that are saying it’s not there! Quiet trail, some families. A few fairly steep hairy parts and a few spots where you just kind of have to keep going and hope a trail starts again. The in and out of the river bed at the start was different but we crossed the river once on the big tree, then again on a smaller one and headed toward the forest where someone left a decent size orange cone marking the trail. If the cone is gone the only way of knowing the trail starts there is a faded marker hanging in the tree. You can’t see the start of the trail over the rocks! Bring a picnic and camera!

The trail was easy to follow however it was pure climbing during a large majority of the hike. We had views of Mt. Rainier during the start of the trail and not again for 3 miles up the mountain. We didn't expect an easy trail but the reviews we read about the hike being an easy path really threw us off. We never did make it to the cabin. Only ran into small amounts of snow as we got higher. Wish I lived closer as I would like to try this trail again to see if I could make it to the Wonderland Trail.

Went on a foggy day, so no great views. Honestly kind of a boring hike. Took 2.5 hours or so. Trail was exceptionally well maintained.

hiking
2 months ago

Just did this hike two days ago - June 4 2018. Well maintained trail, easy hike with a somewhat steep climb at the beginning. No poles needed, steep 2 miles up to great views of Mt. Rainier especially on a clear day! Only one other hiker heading down while we were on the trail. We had views of Mt. Rainier all to ourselves! Once past the viewpoints, it’s an easy, fairly quick hike back down to Longmire via Wonderland trail.

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