Let's hike the Wonderland Trail from Longmire to Narada Falls. Along the way, we'll cross the Nisqually River on a footlog and pass by Carter and Madcap Falls. The trail is snow free to Carter Falls, with some snow on the last mile to Narada Falls. On the way back we may stop somewhere for ice cream or dinner. I will need at least 3 people willing to drive.
Excerpt from “Day Hiking Mount Rainier,” by Dan A Nelson
This route follows the Wonderland Trail east of Longmire through some of the oldest, most beautiful ancient forest left in Washington's Cascades, while providing views of the crashing waters of the milky Nisqually River. Families appreciate the nearly flat, easy trek through the trees along the first half of the route, while those with an appetite for more adventure enjoy the last half of the hike as it turns to follow the Paradise River upstream to a pair of pretty waterfalls. Note: The bridge over the Nisqually River was completely wiped out by the 2006 floods. A footlog was put in place in July 2007, but always check with the ranger before venturing out to make sure you can safely cross the river.
Trailhead ETA: 9:15 am.
Round Trip: 9.0 miles.
Elevation Gain: 1,820 feet.
High Point: 4,560 feet.
Hiking Time: 6 hours.
GPS: N[masked], W121 48.639.
Special Features: Old growth, rivers, waterfalls.
Maps: Green Trails Mount Rainier West, No. 269.
What to Bring: Day pack with the 10 Essentials, appropriate hiking attire (no blue jeans, cotton clothing, or sneakers), plenty of water, lunch/energy snacks, sturdy/comfortable shoes + a bag for wet/soiled pairs, trekking poles (optional), sun preventatives, bug repellent, and your camera! Dress according to the forecast (layers!).
Contact: Longmire Wilderness Information Center, (360) 569-4453.
Permits/Regulations: $15 per vehicle for a 7-day entrance permit or $30 per vehicle for an annual pass. Group size limited to twelve. Fires prohibited. Dogs prohibited.
Getting there: From Tacoma, drive east on State Route 7 to Elbe, then veer left onto SR 706 to enter the park at the Nisqually Entrance near Ashford. Continue east to Longmire. Park in the large lot behind the hotel, and find the trailhead on the south side of the road.
Useful Links: 7-Day Weather Forecast
Hiking Guide Description and Trip Reports
Robert's Cell: (253)[masked]
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