Tuesday, December 11, 2012

KUOW- Hike of the Week- Rampart Ridge

Updated 12-11-2012
This is a great classic snowshoe trip at Mt Rainier.
Photo below is view from the ridge top photo @ patrown87

Check out Green Trails Maps for directions. 269 S is the map for this hike. Click here for complete list of maps. 
Photo below is picture of Longmire on Sunday 12-9-2012 plenty of snow on ground photo @ NPS
Photo below is part way up the trail are skier tracks, I prefer snowshoes on this narrow trail! photo @ patrown87
Photo below another view from the top of the ridge photo @patrown87
Trail stats: 4.7 miles roundtrip and 1400 foot gain and 4030 high point. You can make a loop of this and start at Longmire find the start of the trail in the meadows across the road start at Trail on Shadows. Take this trail to the left and in short distance go on Rampart Ridge trail. In 2 miles you are at ridge top follow this to Wonderland Trail to take you back to your car. Driving directions: To get there, drive east from Tacoma on State Route 7 and bear left onto SR 706 at the town of Elbe. Continue east through the Nisqually Entrance of Mount Rainier National Park, and go to Longmire Ranger Station .

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