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Longmire to Cougar Rock Campground

Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise
46.7503, -121.8122 Map & Directions
Length
7.6 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
1300 feet
Highest Point
4100 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Moderate
Wonderland Trail near Nisqually River. Photo by antjelina. Full-size image

When the snow flies at Rainier, its your chance to explore a section of the Wonderland in a new way. This section of the Wonderland Trail, leaving from Longmire and heading to Cougar Rock Campground, offers a relatively safe moderate snowshoeing experience, and a nice summertime loop, too! Continue reading

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Hiking Longmire to Cougar Rock Campground

When the snow flies at Rainier, its your chance to explore a section of the Wonderland in a new way. This section of the Wonderland Trail, leaving from Longmire, offers a relatively safe moderate snowshoeing experience, and a nice summertime loop, too!

It is a quiet route, and there is often enough foot traffic that the trail will be packed down and easy to follow. Whether the route has been packed down or not, you'll need a map to give you an idea of where the trail goes. The section of trail that meanders through the Trail of the Shadows and up the switchbacks on the Wonderland is relatively safe, but it's always good to be on the lookout for signs of avalanche danger.

Snowshoeing up to
Carter or Narada Falls or even simply the banks of the Nisqually is also a good option. Crossing the river on the footlog can be a little scary for beginner (or even advanced) snowshoers, so be sure to evaluate the weather and the snow conditions as you hike along. 

Hiking to Narada Falls runs to 7.5 miles round trip, but of course, go as far as you are comfortable, and don't push yourself or your group past your capabilities.

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Longmire to Cougar Rock Campground

Map & Directions

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Co-ordinates: 46.7503, -121.8122 Open in Google Maps

Before You Go

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Getting There

From Tacoma, drive east on State Route 7 to Elbe, then veer left onto SR 706 to enter the park at the Nisqually Entrance near Ashford. Continue east to Longmire. Park in the large lot behind the hotel, and find the trailhead on the south side of the road.

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Mount Rainier Area > SW - Longmire/Paradise

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Longmire to Cougar Rock Campground

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