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Burroughs Mountain Trail

Parent Category: Hiking
Created: 08 September 2014
Location: Mount Rainier, Sunrise Area
Roundtrip of the trail: 7.4 miles
Elevation Gain: 1000 ft
Highest Point: 7400 ft
GPS Coordinates: 46°54'52.6"N 121°38'32.3"W

Photo from Mountain Rainier, Sunrise Area, Burroughs Mountain TrailPictures below will take you on a virtual tour to beautiful summits. Enjoy perfect views of the nature!!!


Burroughs Mountain Trail offers wonderful opportunities for wildlife viewing. Hikers here enjoy perfect and peaceful views of Mount Rainier, pikas and marmots that can be found here. Burroughs Mountain consists of three summits: First, Second and Third Burroughs. The summits are over 7,000 feet.

Photo from Mountain Rainier, Sunrise Area, Burroughs Mountain Trail

The ecosystem of this area is very unique; this is the tundralike ecosystem where even old plants are not big. The trees do not look old here, but most of them are hundreds of years old. The growing season in this area is very short and the growing conditions are very tough.

The trail to Burroughs Mountain starts at the Sunrise Visitor Center. The path runs towards Sourdough Mountains. After 0.2 mile the trail splits, take the path that runs west and runs to Berkley Park and Burroughs Mountain. The path that goes from the junction is well-maintained and your next 20-minute hike will be pleasant and full of views.

Photo from Mountain Rainier, Sunrise Area, Burroughs Mountain Trail


This beautiful path takes you to Frozen Lake and from here there are several options for your hike continuation: the path that goes to the south will take you to Burroughs Mountains, if you go to the North, you’ll enjoy wonderful views from Freemont Fire Lookout, and the path that runs west brings hikers to Berkley Park.

Photo from Mountain Rainier, Sunrise Area, Burroughs Mountain Trail

Go left around Frozen Lake and at the next junction take left again and take the path that climbs the slope to First Burroughs. At about 3 miles from the trailhead you come to the end of the top of First Burroughs. Then the trail takes hikers across Second Burroughs, opening wonderful views of the area. From Second Burroughs the trail descends around Third Burroughs.

Hikers may return the same way they came or take the loop Sunrise Rim Loop.


From Enumclaw

Drive east 43 miles on State Route 410 to the Mount Rainier National Park White River Entrance. Turn right onto the Sunrise Road and drive for 17 miles west to the large parking lot and visitor center at the end of the road. Sunrise Road usually doesn't open until early July.

These pictures were taken on August 21, 2014

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Photo: Roman Khomlyak

Photo Editing: Alex Mandryko

Information: Marina Petrova

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