This was an easy trail for their first outing. We hiked the Trail of the Shadows at Longmire (Mt. Rainier National Park.) We stuck around in the Longmire area and didn't go on up to Paradise. The road to Paradise was late in opening because more snow kept on sliding onto the road behind the snow removal equipment. We found plenty to do at Longmire.
They really are color pictures.
In the Ranger Station a woman seeking a back country permit to camp for four nights was being quizzed about her winter skills. She grew up in cold country in the Midwest, so the rangers seemed to be comfortable with issuing her a permit. She then asked about where to go to avoid avalanche areas. The ranger laughed. Welcome to Avalanche Country--it's all avalanche area at this time of year.
I don't know if she continued her camping plans or not. I do know that three or four hours was plenty for us.