Rampart Ridge (Mount Rainier, winter)

Rampart Ridge is a popular 5-mile snowshoe loop trip out of Longmire, with about 1,300 feet of elevation gain. Travel through old growth forest to a ridge with views of the Nisqually Valley and (on a clear day) The Mountain itself.

getting there

From SR 7 in Elbe, turn east onto SR 706, both known as the National Park Highway. Continue through the Nisqually Entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. Be prepared to pay the fee just after entering the park. Drive 6 miles to Longmire.

In winter, ALL drivers in the park are required to carry snow chains or equivalent traction devices—this includes those with a 4-wheel or  all-wheel drive vehicle. If you go beyond Longmire, those without a 4-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle may be required to install them at Longmire or beyond.

on the trail

Whether as a planned destination, or as a backup plan, this route has plenty to offer.  Start on the Trail of Shadows nature trail, then turn onto the Rampart Ridge Trail after about a quarter mile.  Taken clockwise, the loop route switchbacks uphill, reaching the ridgetop in about two miles.  Continue along the ridge to intersect the Wonderland Trail back to Longmire.


  • Since the Rampart Ridge Trail starts from Longmire, it is usually accessible even if the road uphill to Paradise is closed.
  • Tire chains are required for all cars entering Mount Rainier National Park in the winter.
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,300 ft
  • 4,050 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Rainier National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Green Trails Mt Rainier West No. 269

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