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Pets allowed
No
Elevation Gain
?
Trail type
Loop
Distance
1.00 mi (1.61 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Summer
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

National Park Pass

Pros

Historic hot springs resort site. Interpretive trail. Mount Rainier views.

Cons

None.

Trailhead Elevation

2,760.00 ft (841.25 m)

Net Elevation Gain

20.00 ft (6.10 m)

Address

Trail of the Shadows
Ashford, WA 98304
United States

Features

Historically significant
Bird watching
Wildlife
Big vistas
Geologically significant

Location

Field Guide + Map

Nearby Adventures

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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