Mount Rainier National Park: Kautz Rampart Loop

Pass through a sanctuary of towering old-growth forest and lush open meadows on this 5.5-mile loop around The Ramparts with majestic views of snowcapped Rainier.
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Pass through a sanctuary of towering old-growth forest and lush open meadows on this 5.5-mile loop around The Ramparts with majestic views of snowcapped Rainier.

MORE PARK INFO: Mount Rainier National Park, (360) 569-2211; nps.gov/mora.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 9.0

Waypoints

WPT001

Location: 46.7500648498535, -121.812049865723

Begin N of Wilderness Information Center on well-marked Wonderland Trail; pass cliff outcropping on L

WPT002

Location: 46.7517318725586, -121.811584472656

L @ Y through massive old growth; you may see elk or black bear

WPT003

Location: 46.7574653625488, -121.810501098633

Cross long boardwalk over creek

WPT004

Location: 46.7613983154297, -121.80924987793

Begin switchbacks up The Ramparts

WPT005

Location: 46.7636184692383, -121.806770324707

Break to admire jagged Eagle Peak (5,955 ft.) to the S

WPT006

Location: 46.7664985656738, -121.805381774902

L @ Y; follow Wonderland Trail N

WPT007

Location: 46.7665672302246, -121.808151245117

Hike beneath lush canopy of hemlock, yellow cedar, subalpine fir

WPT009

Location: 46.7673950195312, -121.809089660645

Hike along fragrant pine corridor sprinkled with colorful wildflowers; R @ Y, following Rampart Ridge Trail

WPT008

Location: 46.7742347717285, -121.81079864502

Lunch, boulder-hop at Kautz Creek (fed by one of Rainier's 26 glaciers)

WPT010

Location: 46.7584648132324, -121.820701599121

Skirt Rampart Ridge; skyline features Mt. Rainier (14,410 ft.), an active volcano encased in snow and ice

WPT011

Location: 46.7522659301758, -121.823120117188

Follow switchbacks downhill to Longmire Meadow

WPT012

Location: 46.7512168884277, -121.816314697266

R@T; follow Trail of Shadows past largest trees in the area before reaching trailhead