Trail Of The Shadows At Longmire

Mt Rainier National Park

Ashford, Washington

Across from the National Park Inn at Longmire

The 0.75-mile-long Trail of the Shadows, located just across the street from the National Park Inn at Longmire, serves as a combined nature trail and history trail. Pioneers made their homes here. Early visitors to the area came to soak in the mineral springs. And nature is ever-present.

The self-guided loop trail has a number of informative markers. It is an easy hike, more of a stroll, actually, well-suited for most visitors.

mt rainier longmire trail of the shadows

Trail of the Shadows (P14A0733)
This trail winds its way through the forest, with a number of natural and historical stops along the way.

mt rainier longmire trail of the shadows beaver damage

Leave It To Beavers (P14A0721)
Beavers have almost finished the job of taking this tree down, their teethmarks visible in the wood.

mt rainier longmire trail of the shadows pioneer spring

Natural Spring (P14A0717)
The natural spring water was once one of the attractions of Longmire.

More About Mt. Rainier National Park

Spectacular scenery. Great hiking. Challenging mountain climbing. Mt. Rainier has a lot to offer to those looking to get away from it all and to those looking for a great day trip out of Seattle. There are plenty of rugged mountain trails in the park, but there are also ones like Trail of the Shadows that are fairly short and easy enough for most people.

When experiencing Mt. Rainier National Park, it can be easy to forget that Mt. Rainier is regarded as one of the most dangerous volcanoes in the world. It has much in common with Mt. St. Helens. But Mt. Rainier is bigger, it's covered with much more ice and snow, and it is closer to major population centers. Lahars from past eruptions have flowed as far as present-day downtown Seattle and Tacoma. So enjoy it while you can.

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