Rampart Ridge Trail

Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Distance2.8mi
Elevation Gain1,742ft
Trailhead Elevation3,894ft
Top4,093ft
Elevation Min/Max2729/4093ft
Elevation Start/End3894/3894ft

Rampart Ridge Trail

Rampart Ridge Trail is a hiking trail in Pierce County, Washington. It is within Mount Rainier National Park. It is 2.8 miles long and begins at 3,894 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,742 feet. Along the trail there are viewpoints. This trail connects with the following: Wonderland Trail and Trail of the Shadows.

Rampart Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"This is a forest trek through ancient cedars and firs, with panoramic views of the wide Nisqually Valley and nearby peaks. There are also occasional glimpses of the snowy face of Mount Rainier, but the real beauty of this route is the wonderful local scenery.

The deep old-growth forest is home to an assortment of birds and animals, including ravens, red foxes, and snowshoe hares. Because it is on the lower flanks of the mountain, this trail gets its snow later than the routes near Paradise."

"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."

"This is the perfect early-season hiking adventure. The loop route keeps you exploring new trail from start to finish, and there’s a lot to explore here. The trail climbs through lush old forests, skirts along the view-rich rims of high cliffs, and weaves through a rich wetland environment along the river-side meadows."

"One of the few hikes that are snow free in June, this short but steep hike 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 bearable. Remember to bring plenty of water, because the only water sources arise toward the end of the hike."

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1/9/2011
My son Kevin and I snowshoed this trail on a cold day with intermittent snow showers. We left Longmire and started to the left on the trail os shadows and we are happy we did. I think the trail would have much more difficult had we started along the Wonderland Trail. We might try that next time though.
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2/13/2010
This is a great hike, there are lots of fir trees. I saw very few birds and animals, it is a gorgeous area. The lookout is amazing, Eagle Rock looks incredible! The hike isn't very hard, a little elevation gain but anyone could do it. I did it in February and there was very little snow, it was nice.
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5/31/2009
As a beginner, I hiked Rampart Ridge from the Trail of Shadows junction and I found it a nice challenge. There was a great deal of Vine Maple (Acer circinatum) growing all over the slope on the way up. I was surprised to find the best view from this trail to be about .5 miles passed the official viewpoint. There was still packed ice and snow along the ridge which presented some challenges but it was a good workout for me.
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7/27/2008
Hiked with my wife last weekend and had a wonderful time. It's a nice workout, but nothing over the top. The view from the the ridge was breathtaking.
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6/15/2002
We hit the trail by 7:30 am. It was a agressive steady climb toward the ridge. The altimeter indicated 2460 feet at the trail head. The ridge comes in at about 3780 feet. The trail was clear and in excellent condition. However, once we headed down the north and easterly exposures of the ridge we encountered about 3-4 feet of snow on the trail. It was deepest at the gaps in the tree cover. The going was still easy and we made good time. While at the top we were able to take in some great vistas and made the trip a great one. Once intersected the Wonderland we made a more agressive descent. We worked our way over the snow to about 3460 feet and the snow just disappeared. It was a moderate level of difficulty and a great way to begin the hiking season. Enjoy!!
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Mount Rainier National Park
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Mount Rainier National Park
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Views, Wildflowers
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