What: Longmire is packed with easy walks suitable for the entire family including the self-guided Trail of the Shadows nature walk. Twin Falls Loop Trail, two miles west of Longmire, is also an easy walk less than a half-mile long. For more of a challenge try the steep, 4.5-mile Rampart Ridge trail.
Where: Longmire, in Mount Rainier National Park.
History: James Longmire struck a mineral claim here next to Soda Springs.
Getting there: Take state Route 7 to Elbe and continue east on state Route 706 into the park to Longmire.
Cost: A $15 fee per vehicle is required to enter Mount Rainier National Park if you do not have an annual pass.
Of note: The Trail of the Shadows winds for less than a mile on the edge of the forest and meadow. Along the hike you will see an early homestead cabin as well as a variety of plants and animals. Good views of the mountain can be had from the top of the longer Rampart Ridge Trail. Park and volunteer crews have been working on several paths in the area including the Wonderland Trail and Trail of the Shadows.
Information: 360-569-2211, visit www.nps.gov/mora. Maps can be found at the park entrance and the Longmire visitor center.
Craig Hill, staff writer