Rampart Ridge

Longmire, Washington

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One of the few hikes that is clear of snow in June, this short but steep trek up to Rampart Ridge affords you splendid views of Eagle Peak, Mount Rainier, and the Nisqually River Valley. This hike is great for people who like to climb hills, enjoy great scenery, and need a hike that is snow-free in June. In less than 2 miles, the trail takes you up 1,200 feet and allows you to peer into the valley you just ventured from, as well as the valley on the other side of Rampart Ridge. The ridge itself, also known as the “Ramparts,” is a remnant of ancient lava flow from Mount Rainier. The switchbacks are steep but definitely bearable. Remember to bring plenty of water, because the only water sources arise toward the end of the hike.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount Rainier National Park

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount Rainier National Park

by Heidi Schneider (Falcon Guides)

One of the few hikes that is clear of snow in June, this short but steep trek up to Rampart Ridge affords you splendid views of Eagle Peak, Mount Rainier, and the Nisqually River Valley.

This hike is great for people who like to climb hills, enjoy great scenery, and need a hike that is snow-free in June. In less than 2 miles, the trail takes you up 1,200 feet and allows you to peer into the valley you just ventured from, as well as the valley on the other side of Rampart Ridge. The ridge itself, also known as the “Ramparts,” is a remnant of ancient lava flow from Mount Rainier. The switchbacks are steep but definitely bearable. Remember to bring plenty of water, because the only water sources arise toward the end of the hike.

© 2012 Heidi Schneider/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Longmire
Distance: 5.1
Elevation Gain: 1,280 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: About 2 to 3 hours
Season: June through Sept
Local Contacts: www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/trails-and-backcountry-camp-conditions.htm; weather, www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/weather.htm
Local Maps: USGS Mount Rainier West; Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Rampart Ridge

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