Carter Falls and Madcap Falls via Longmire
The Carter Falls and Madcap Falls via Longmire hike is a 9.5 km lightly trafficked moderate hike in Mount Rainier National Park that is suitable for active children. This hike features Carter Falls and Madcap Falls and can be easily accessed from Longmire. Take care to check with the park on the status of the Nisqually bridge before heading out as it is subject to washout.
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Route Description for Carter Falls and Madcap Falls via Longmire
Carter Falls and Madcap Falls are both wonderful places to enjoy, especially on a hot day. This trail accesses both falls from Longmire, making it a very convenient trip. Make sure you check with the park regarding the status of the bridge over the Nisqually River, as it can be washed out in wet conditions. This trail is suitable for active children.
The hike begins from Longmire, departing north from Forest Road 012 a block east of Longmire-to-Paradise Road. Take Wonderland Trail, staying right at the Y-junction.
The trail follows the road and then branches off to follow the Nisqually River. You’ll then curve around to cross the Nisqually River. Continue hiking along the river away from town, gaining gentle elevation. You’ll arrive at Carter Falls first, and Madcap Falls are just beyond.
You can either continue on Wonderland to lengthen your trip or retrace your steps to Longmire.
Getting to the Carter Falls and Madcap Falls via Longmire Trailhead
The Carter Falls and Madcap Falls hike begins from Longmire. Look for the trailhead off Forest Road 012 one and a half blocks east of the Wilderness Information Center.
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