These hot mineral springs were essential as a visitor attraction to the business success of the Longmuirs family hotel. You may see some bubbling action, it is an ideal place to stop for a walk along this easy trail lined with impressive trees.
Trail of the Shadow This trail is a short, mostly flat that surrounds the mineral springs that brought James Longmire and guests first to the area. We did see a small area where the hot springs were bubbling. The trail has some big trees that are beautiful too.
This is just a footnote in the much larger experience of Mt. Rainier National Park. If you happen to come in the entrance to the park that takes you by Longmire and you have the time and interest then stop here for the short stroll or walk.
This was the site of the hot springs which enabled the Longmire family to attract the visitors to their hotel. Not much to see but it helps to build out the history of the place.
The springs are a part of the Trail of the Shadows, which is across the street from Longmire. There is a large parking lot, from which you may see deer at certain times of day; we did. The trail itself is an oval. It may be well trafficked, or it may be empty. It was the latter…