Sourdough Ridge Nature Trail

Mount Rainier, Washington

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This one hour stroll up to and along Sourdough Ridge offers panoramic views and fantastic subalpine wildflowers. For many years, the park maintained this short lollipop as an interpretive nature trail complete with thirteen informative stations. In 2012, the stations were pulled from the earth, but the trail remains worthwhile for its spectacular views and abundant subalpine flora. To begin this hike, go to the northwestern part of the parking lot. Follow the wide trail that runs north beyond the restrooms. A map and display on the left (west) delineate some of the trails in the Sunrise area, including elevation charts and short descriptions.
Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount Rainier National Park

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Mount Rainier National Park

by Heidi Schneider (Falcon Guides)

This one hour stroll up to and along Sourdough Ridge offers panoramic views and fantastic subalpine wildflowers.

For many years, the park maintained this short lollipop as an interpretive nature trail complete with thirteen informative stations. In 2012, the stations were pulled from the earth, but the trail remains worthwhile for its spectacular views and abundant subalpine flora.

To begin this hike, go to the northwestern part of the parking lot. Follow the wide trail that runs north beyond the restrooms. A map and display on the left (west) delineate some of the trails in the Sunrise area, including elevation charts and short descriptions.

© 2012 Heidi Schneider/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Mount Rainier
Distance: 1.3
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: About 1 hour
Season: Mid-July through Sept
Features: Views
Local Contacts: White River Wilderness Information Center, (360) 569-6670; Sunrise Visitor Center, (360) 663-2425
Local Maps: USGS Sunrise; Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Sourdough Ridge Nature Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

5/23/2009
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The Carbon River Rd is closed at the Ranger Station. This adds about 3 miles onto the hike just to get to the trailhead, making it 6 miles roundtrip. The trail is nice a bit steep at a few points. You get to walk under a large fallen tree at one point. About the last .2 miles of the trail just before Green Lake was covered with snow.



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