Under sunny skies and 80 degree weather, we headed up the five mile Rampart Ridge loop trail from the Longmire base. The hike starts off with 2 miles of pretty steep incline through the forest up to the ridge line. Once there, the trail flattens out for about a mile, and on this section you can get some great views of Mt. Rainier.
Here are some pictures I took during the hike.
After a leisurely lunch with a view of the mountain, we headed back down the 2 mile stretch back to Longmire.
All told, the hike took about 2.5 hours which included time for lunch.