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Take to the Trail
At just under a mile, the Trail of the Shadows in Mount Rainier’s Longmire district provides local history and natural science from the informative signs along the way. You can extend your hike by adding Rampart Ridge or even following the Nisqually River along the Wonderland Trail.
Embrace the Views
En route to Longmire or Paradise, take a pit stop at the Kautz Creek viewpoint or any of these others along the way. Think of it this way: the roads and trail on Mt. Rainier are about the journey, not the destination.
Indulge in History, Science and Nature
Feel free to experience the engaging and interactive exhibits at either Jackson Visitor Center or at the Longmire Museum. Here, there is no doubt that you’ll learn a significant amount of information about the history and, geology and weather patterns of Mt. Rainier. Not only are these museums informative, but they are also engaging and fun with a series of competitive games to play. Both children and adults alike will love the experience!
Try Horseback Trail Riding
With horseback riding at Mt. Rainier, you’ll be able to experience the Pacific Northwest trails in a whole new way. Check out EZ Times Horseback Trail Riding, which offers riding for all ages and skill levels.
Of note: EZ Times Horseback riding is in Elbe, which is on the way to Mt. Rainier but not in Ashford or in the National Park itself.
Dine at Copper Creek Inn
You’d be remiss not to stop in for a meal at the family-friendly Copper Creek Inn. A cozy restaurant that serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner, the Inn offers up an urban-esque style and ambiance. The best part of all: its desserts are amazing!