||Hike Type: woodland||Pass: Natl. Park Pass|
|Distance: 5.2 mi loop||Duration: 3.5 hrs||Difficulty Level: Moderate|
|High Point: 4,080 ft||Elevation Gain: 1,350 ft||Prime Season: June – November|
Features: old-growth forest, kid-friendly, Nisqually Valley and Rainier views, loop
Hike along an old lava flow high above the Nisqually River Valley. While the way is mostly forested, there are a couple of decent views along the trail including a pretty awe-inspiring one of the mountain rising above the Kautz Creek valley. The real draw to this hike however is its trees. They are old, big and majestic. And this hike is a loop too that you can do right from Longmire. It often remains snow-free late into fall and melts out by June.