Twin Firs Loop Trail

Ashford, Washington

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This short loop takes you through an old-growth, low-elevation forest. Along the trail you will see a variety of flora such as vine maple, skunk cabbage, giant ferns, mossy logs, Douglas fir, western hemlock, and western red cedar, as well as numerous squirrels darting across the trail. At the trailhead, take the time to read a wonderful exhibit describing the flora of low-elevation forests. Through pictures and written description, the exhibit recommends ways to differentiate between the Douglas fir, western hemlock, and western red cedar. The trail weaves around majestic trees, some fallen and some standing tall. You will see mossy logs and big ferns lining both sides of the trail. Less than halfway into your hike, a log takes you across a small creek to where the trail becomes steeper. You will cross this gurgling creek again just before you return to the Longmire-Paradise road, directly west of where you begin your hike.
Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

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Hiking Mount Rainier National Park

by Heidi Schneider & Mary Skjelset (Falcon Guides)

This short loop takes you through an old-growth, low-elevation forest. Along the trail you will see a variety of flora such as vine maple, skunk cabbage, giant ferns, mossy logs, Douglas fir, western hemlock, and western red cedar, as well as numerous squirrels darting across the trail.

At the trailhead, take the time to read a wonderful exhibit describing the flora of low-elevation forests. Through pictures and written description, the exhibit recommends ways to differentiate between the Douglas fir, western hemlock, and western red cedar. The trail weaves around majestic trees, some fallen and some standing tall. You will see mossy logs and big ferns lining both sides of the trail. Less than halfway into your hike, a log takes you across a small creek to where the trail becomes steeper. You will cross this gurgling creek again just before you return to the Longmire-Paradise road, directly west of where you begin your hike.

©  Heidi Schneider & Mary Skjelset/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ashford
Distance: 0.4
Elevation Gain: 550 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 20 minutes
Season: May through October
Trailhead Elevation: 2,250 feet
Top Elevation: 2,800 feet
Local Contacts: Longmire Wilderness Information Center
Local Maps: USGS: Mount Wow; Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park; Astronaut's Vista: Mount Rainier National Park, Washington; Earthwalk Press Hiking Map & Guide
Driving Directions: Directions to Twin Firs Loop Trail

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