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Mount Rainier National Park: Rampart Ridge-Kautz Creek Loop

This 6.7-mile lasso loop near Longmire travels through old-growth forest to Rampart Ridge, then drops to Kautz Creek for picture-perfect views of Mount Rainier.

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INFO For information on permits, current trail and camp conditions, and wilderness guidelines, go to nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/wilderness-camping-and-hiking.htm.

PERMIT A wilderness permit is required for all overnight camping in the backcountry. Reservations requests accepted by fax or mail, starting on March 15th of each year ($20/reservation). Download form at nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/wilderness-reservation-information.htm.

CONTACT Mt. Rainier National Park, (360) 569-2211; nps.gov/mora

-Mapped by Alan Bauer, Alan Bauer Photography

To Trailhead

From Tacoma, drive east on SR 7 to Elbe, then veer left on SR 706 and enter the park at the Nisqually Entrance near Ashford. Continue into the park to Longmire and park in the large lot behind the hotel/lodge.

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