Berkeley Park Trail

Greenwater, Washington 98022

Berkeley Park Trail

Berkeley Park Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Berkeley Park may be the best place in the whole Sunrise area to throw yourself down on a patch of earth and simply sit and contemplate your good fortune. This is, after all, one of the richest wildflower gardens in the world.

By late July, when the heavy mantle of snow has finally pulled away, Berkeley Park explodes in a rainbow of color. Other meadowlands around the mountain likewise boast of bright wildflower carpets, of course. But Berkeley, for some reason, seems special. Perhaps it’s the north-facing bowl of the park that keeps Mount Rainier largely out of the picture, forcing you to focus on the splendor underfoot. Or perhaps it’s because this park gets fewer visitors than the other broad swathes of green in the area. Regardless, Berkeley Park is a special place that’s easily reached by folks looking for a moderate day hike."

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Best Wildflower Hikes Western Washington (Falcon Guides)
Peter Stekel
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"It can be disconcerting to begin a hike where nearly all the walking is downhill. Berkeley Park is such a hike. Rather than tiring yourself out at the beginning of the day with some stiff uphill travel and then casually strolling your way home, getting to Berkeley Park is the opposite. Since you’re moving away from Mount Rainier, most of the walking is downhill. That makes it easy to want to simply keep going—especially when there is so much to see both in scenery and in wildflowers! Berkeley Park isn’t the largest alpine and subalpine meadow on Mount Rainier, but it can be a fairly easy jaunt since hikers may choose to turn around at any time." Read more
Hiking Mount Rainier National Park - 4th Edition (Falcon Guides)
Heidi Radlinski and Mary Skjelset
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"A spectacular mountain meadow brimming with wildflowers and clear streams awaits hikers willing to climb their way back to Sunrise. To begin this hike, go to the northwestern part of the parking lot; walk up the paved path to the right (east) of the restrooms until you see a dirt trail on your right heading north. After less than 0.1 mile, a map and display on the right delineate some of the trails in the Sunrise area. This point serves as the trailhead for the network of trails in the area. If Berkeley Camp, 3.9 miles into the hike, is your destination, continue to descend beyond the meadow and into a forested area. The camp rests right next to the trail. Day hikers can filter water from Lodi Creek before beginning the 1,300-foot ascent back to the top of Sourdough Ridge." Read more

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Trail Information

Greenwater
Nearby City
Kid-friendly
Accessibility
7
Distance
900 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Moderate
Skill Level
July–Oct
Season
5,900 feet
Trailhead Elevation
6,800 feet
Top Elevation
Camping
Additional Use
Views, Wildflowers
Features
Sunrise Ranger Station
Local Contacts
Green Trails Mount Rainier East, No. 270
Local Maps