If you love giant conifers in lush, evergreen forests, then you should check out the Twin Firs Trail, next time you visit Mount Rainier National Park. The trail is located in the lower forests of the park on the way to Longmire, when driving from the Nisqually entrance. You’ll have to keep a sharp eye for the rather small trail sign alongside the road. There is a small pull-over next to the entrance to the trail as well as another pull-over at the trail exit, not far down the road. Only a handful of cars are able to accommodate these parking areas; but, at the same time, you can be rest assured that the trail won’t be overcrowded. The trail may be short, but you won’t be disappointed in what you will find: giant Douglas Fir and Western Red Cedar abound along with an abundance of lush, bright green moss and other moisture-loving plants. Below are a few photos from when I visited the park last week.
All images property of Peggy A Thompson