With the establishment of Mount Rainier National Park in 1899, Longmire became park headquarters. The site had previously served as James Longmire's homestead, lodging, and mineral springs resort. Although park headquarters are no longer at Longmire, the original 1916 headquarters building houses a museum that tells the story of the early days of the park. Across the street from the museum, the "newer" Longmire Administration Building, completed in 1930, still holds offices for park staff and is home to the Longmire Wilderness Information Center (current park administration offices are located at Tahoma Woods, outside of the park along SR 706). All of Longmire is now designated a national historic district. Longmire is located in the southwest corner of the park and is 6.5 miles (10.5 km) east of the Nisqually Entrance.
Watch Visit Longmire: Gateway to Mount Rainier for a short video introduction to the Longmire area. The article, Longmire: Designing a National Park Syle, provides an overview of the history of the area. You might also consider visiting other parts of the park such as Paradise, Sunrise, Ohanapecosh, and the Carbon River-Mowich Lake areas.
Longmire is open year-round. Check Operating Hours and Seasons for current schedule of facilities in the area.
Always check the Road Status page for current information about road access to Longmire and other park areas. During the winter, the road to Paradise from Longmire is closed nightly. Check Twitter for current gate open/close status and other advisories (a Twitter account not required to view).
Cougar Rock Campground and picnic area, 2 miles (3.2 km) east of Longmire, is usually open from late May to early October.
Westside Road - Begins 1 mile (1.6 km) east of Nisqually Entrance. Road closed to vehicles beyond the gate, but accessible for biking and walking.
Christine Falls - Located 4 miles (6.4 km) east of Longmire, a short walk from the pullout offers a classic view of the falls below the rustic stone bridge. Be aware that parking is limited. For your safety, do not walk or stop your car on the bridge.
Glacier Bridge - 5 miles (8 km) from Longmire heading towards Paradise, look up the valley when crossing the bridge for a view of the Nisqually Glacier.
Ricksecker Point Road - This one-way road begins 6 miles (9.7 km) east of Longmire and offers fantastic views of Mount Rainier, Nisqually Valley and the Tatoosh Range. (The Ricksecker Point Road is open summers only.)
Historic District Walking Tour (self-guided)
Trail of the Shadows (0.7 mi/1.1 km)
Twin Firs Trail (0.4 mi/0.6 km)
Carter Falls Trail (2 mi/3.2 km)
Rampart Ridge Trail (4.6 mi/7.4 km)
Narada Falls Trail (9 mi/14.5 km)
Eagle Peak Trail (7 mi/11.3 km)
Enjoy other day hikes in the Longmire area.
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Last updated: June 7, 2019