Wonderland Trail – Box Canyon to Longmire

At last. My friend Cheryl and I were on the last section of the Wonderland Trail to finish our three year section hiking odyssey. The section between Box Canyon and Longmire gets a bad rap from following closely to the road. While it is close, I found the trail to still have it's charms and shouldn't be overlooked simply due to it's relatively close proximity to the road. The Stevens Canyon section is especially beautiful and I enjoyed this whole 12-13 mile section a lot more than I thought I would.

Looking over the stone guard rail down into Box Canyon is pretty impressive.
Vertical Panorama of Box Canyon
We started right where we left off at the Box Canyon trailhead. Apparently the doesn't actually go through the tunnel on the road, we missed it somehow. Luckily we were able to pick up the trail on the other end of the tunnel.
I have found that I take a lot of pictures of trail signs. We were heading up to and beyond Reflection Lake.
Stevens Creek bridge Panorama
There was an impressive logjam on Stevens Creek.
Stevens Creek logjam
Stevens Creek
In a forest of mostly uniform trees, we found this one to be highly interesting.
As we entered Steven's Canyon, the basalt flow that comprised this rock was pretty neat to see, and was one of the larger ones I saw on the whole trail.
Sylvia Falls.
Some recent trail work had been done on this section where the hillside had slipped away. The path was pretty narrow here.
Some recent trail work had been done on this section where the hillside had slipped away. The path was pretty narrow here.
Looking down after climbing up out of Steven's Canyon a bit.
The crossing at the base of Martha Falls
Martha Falls
Martha Falls
Detour sign on the other side of the falls
At this point we started seeing lots of flowers
Avalanche Lilies
Avalanche Lilies
Avalanche Lilies
Often blooming within days of the snow melting off, the Avalanche Lilies here were just starting.
The closer to Reflection Lake we got, the more snow there was. Luckily the trail follows near the road at this point making getting lost, unlikely.
The snow was off and on at this point.
There were footprints to follow, so someone obviously knew where they were going.
There were footprints to follow, so someone obviously knew where they were going.
A nice view of Louise Lake
At this point we lost the trail and wondered around the snow a bit. We did manage to eventually find our way over to the road where the trail is literally the sidewalk for a few hundred yards as it goes by Reflection Lake. You can zoom in on the map below to see where the trail goes and where we went astray.
At last, Reflection Lake. There were lots of tourists here with their cars.
Reflection Lake, not quite melted out.
Reflection Lake Panorama
Rainier and Reflection Lake
Heading down hill now for the first time all day, we stopped at Narada Falls and had lunch. Again, there were lots of tourists here.
Paradise River
I believe this is Madcap Falls
Carter Falls
Paradise River below Eagle Peak.
Nisqually River
Crossing the Nisqually River


Map of our route.


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4 thoughts on “Wonderland Trail – Box Canyon to Longmire

  • August 19, 2014 at 9:11 am

    Beautiful images, Jay! Glad you got to finally finish this journey…

    • August 19, 2014 at 11:10 am

      Thanks Sue. I really enjoyed it!

  • August 26, 2014 at 11:47 am

    You photo of Martha Falls that includes both the stairs as well as the log bridges is just super! Great framing and camera settings! Just super!

    • August 26, 2014 at 12:48 pm

      Thanks Bill. I find that if I take enough pictures, sometimes I get lucky and a few of them actually turn out good.


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