Trail of the Shadows

A short, easy 0.7-mile loop with minimal elevation gain at Longmire in Mount Rainier National Park. It's a perfect outing for kids and families any time of the year.

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 6.5 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. Those without a 4-wheel or all-wheel drive vehicle may be required to install them at Longmire or beyond.

on the trail

Trail of the Shadows is an easy walk located across form the Longmire Inn. This flat path winds past one of the park's earliest homesteads, the Longmire hot springs, and through the surrounding forest. It's perfect all ages and abilities.

  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking, Snowshoeing
  • Snowshoeing Category: Beginner
  • Seasons: Year-round
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Length: 0.7 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 20 ft
  • 2,700 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Rainier National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
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