Sunrise Peak Trail

Randle, Washington

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This is considered one of the best short hikes in the Dark Divide, a proposed wilderness area called after an early settler whose name was Dark. A winding, rough trail to a former lookout leads children up and through one of the Gifford Pinchot’s most magnificent old-growth forests, and out into the meadows of Juniper Ridge. Alpine parkland and berry bushes lie all around. Tell children to look outward to find, set in a triangle, the three white-capped volcanoes—Rainier, Adams, and what’s left of St. Helens, its gaping crater. In late summer here, kids can pick all the berries they can eat.
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)

This is considered one of the best short hikes in the Dark Divide, a proposed wilderness area called after an early settler whose name was Dark. A winding, rough trail to a former lookout leads children up and through one of the Gifford Pinchot’s most magnificent old-growth forests, and out into the meadows of Juniper Ridge.

Alpine parkland and berry bushes lie all around. Tell children to look outward to find, set in a triangle, the three white-capped volcanoes—Rainier, Adams, and what’s left of St. Helens, its gaping crater. In late summer here, kids can pick all the berries they can eat.

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Randle
Distance: 1.6
Elevation Gain: 1,480 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: Day hike
Season: July-October
Trailhead Elevation: 4,292 feet
Top Elevation: 5,772 feet
Local Maps: Green Trails No. 333 McCoy Peak, No. 334 Blue Lake; USGS McCoy Peak, Tower Rock
Driving Directions: Directions to Sunrise Peak Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/23/2008
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After a little trial and error, I found the road going up to the trail head. It is a one lane, dirt road - I would not bring a small care, there lots of large rocks and deep holes. About 3 miles from the trail head there was a land slide completely blocking the road. I was able to park close to the landslide and I was able to get around it. There is still a lot of compact ice on the road and trail. There was a couple of mid calf deep snow but mostly ankle deep. The views are spectacular and well worth the trip. I am glad that I went ahead and walked the 3 miles to the trail head, it was well worth it.



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