Longmire

Trail of the Shadows

Wonderland Trail

 

DECEMBER 2, 2007 - A Mountaineers snowshoe  and my first trip to Mt. Rainier in the winter.  The original plan was for a group of 8 of us to snowshoe to Reflection Lakes, but the weather forecasts were not favorable and the road to Paradise was closed for the day.  Our group dwindled to 5 and our outing was re-routed to Longmire, where we hiked the Trail of the Shadows, followed by a short hike on the Wonderland Trail.  The snow was soft and deep at Longmire,  and I discovered that breaking trail through deep snow is very difficult!  We saw a deer along the Trail of the Shadows that did not shy away when we tromped past.  We ate lunch beside the Nisqually River before continuing on through the snowy woods. 

We hiked approximately 4 miles altogether