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Trail of the Shadows

Mount Rainier National Park

Mount Rainier Area, Washington

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  • Trail of the Shadows.- Trail of the Shadows
  • Longmire meadow on Trail of the Shadows.- Trail of the Shadows
  • A view of Mount Rainier's Point Success summit (14,158') from Trail of the Shadows.- Trail of the Shadows
  • Longmire meadow from Trail of the Shadows.- Trail of the Shadows
  • Hot springs with a stone encasement adjacent to the former resort site on Trail of the Shadows.- Trail of the Shadows
  • Hot springs with a stone encasement adjacent to the former resort site on Trail of the Shadows.- Trail of the Shadows
  • Longmire meadow and wetlands on Trail of the Shadows.- Trail of the Shadows
  • Longmire meadow and wetlands on Trail of the Shadows.- Trail of the Shadows
  • Algea bloom in abnormally warm waters on Trail of the Shadows.- Trail of the Shadows
  • Trail of the Shadows.- Trail of the Shadows
  • An historic Longmire Medical Springs Resort cabin built between 1884 and 1887 on Trail of the Shadows.- Trail of the Shadows
  • "Iron Mike" mineral hot springs on Trail of the Shadows.- Trail of the Shadows
  • Trail of the Shadows.- Trail of the Shadows
  • Trail of the Shadows.- Trail of the Shadows
  • Trail of the Shadows.- Trail of the Shadows
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Pros: 
Historic hot springs resort site. Interpretive trail. Mount Rainier views.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
Mount Rainier Area, WA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
No
Net Elevation Gain: 
20.00 ft (6.10 m)
Parking Pass: 
National Park Pass
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Summer, Fall
Total Distance: 
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
2,760.00 ft (841.25 m)
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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This short, 1-mile interpretive loop trail is the best introduction to the rich history of Mount Rainier National Park. In fact, the meadow and its surrounding hot springs, all of which are simply known today as Longmire, are what inspired James Longmire to settle the area in 1883. Longmire Medical Springs Resort was established by James and his family, and in its heyday it was a thriving retreat that included two hotels,* countless cabins, and numerous campsites. At the turn of the twentieth-century, the resort could accommodate up to 500 guests in any given summer.

Unfortunately, the hot springs aren't available for soaking. Numerous wells remain, including the famous "Iron Mike" well on the meadow's north end. The hike also passes by the cabin of Elcaine Longmire, James' eldest son, which was built in 1888 and is the national park's oldest structure.

* The second hotel was built in 1916, had 17 rooms, and was eventually relocated. It is now the National Park Inn.

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