Burroughs Mountain Trail

Greenwater, Washington

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Burroughs Mountain is so close to Mount Rainier’s gigantic north side glaciers it seems to run right into them—in fact, it looks down on their lower paths to crevasses and around the corner to the base of Willis Wall. Some seasons, snow patches linger late on the trail and are very dangerous, so call ahead to ask the ranger if the snow is gone. Sometimes they are perilous even when the trail is legally “open.” The trail is wide and, aside from the patches, smooth and well maintained. There may be an icy wind, so be sure to carry extra clothing for the summit.
Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

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Best Hikes with Kids: Western Washington & the Cascades

by Joan Burton (The Mountaineers Books)

Burroughs Mountain is so close to Mount Rainier’s gigantic north side glaciers it seems to run right into them—in fact, it looks down on their lower paths to crevasses and around the corner to the base of Willis Wall.

Some seasons, snow patches linger late on the trail and are very dangerous, so call ahead to ask the ranger if the snow is gone. Sometimes they are perilous even when the trail is legally “open.” The trail is wide and, aside from the patches, smooth and well maintained. There may be an icy wind, so be sure to carry extra clothing for the summit.

©  Joan Burton/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Greenwater
Distance: 6.5
Elevation Gain: 900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day hike
Season: Mid-July-September
Trailhead Elevation: 6,400 feet
Top Elevation: 7,300 feet
Local Contacts: Mount Rainier National Park
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 270 Mount Rainier East; USGS Sunrise
Driving Directions: Directions to Burroughs Mountain Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

9/3/2010
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Absolutely tremendous views, with only a couple patches of snow along the trail. Bring plenty of water, food, and sunscreen (and a camera of course).


10/6/2009
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Hiked all the way to Burroughs 3. Weather was clear but wind was continuous and biting. When we were in areas sheltered from the wind, though, the sunshine was really pleasant. Some patches of snow in shaded areas, compact snow on the trail on the long traverse up to Burroughs 1. Views were absolutely magnificent. On the way back, we split off onto the Sunrise Rim trail at Burroughs 1. Even though it was about 1/2 mile longer, it was mostly in the sun, and more sheltered from the wind. Not much more time this year to enjoy that area - all the facilities at the Sunrise Visitor Center are already closed for the season.



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