Burroughs Mountain Trail

Greenwater, Washington 98022

Burroughs Mountain Trail

Burroughs Mountain Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Make a gentle ascent from the Sunrise Complex to the top of a long mountain with the tundra-like terrain of alpine areas. The trail follows Burroughs Mountain uphill with no switchbacks. The path is steep but fairly short. As you approach the top of the mountain, the turf on both sides of the trail has fewer and fewer plants.

This region has terrain and fauna similar to that found in arctic regions. Stay on the trail; although this terrain looks rough and tumble, it is very susceptible to the damage caused by human tromping."

Burroughs Mountain Trail Reviews

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We started our hike at 7:15 AM at Sunrise, just after sunrise. We were the fifth auto in the lot. By the time we returned from third Burroughs at 2:45 PM the lot was filled to capacity and the last several miles of trails were like a downtown Seattle sidewalk... not exactly the commune with the wild we had envisioned. The trail is well marked and well maintained to the second peak. Most of the large snow fields have melted by mid July, but there were two steep crossings: one on the approach to second Burroughs and one on Sunrise Ridge--the alternate route returning from first Burroughs. The last leg to third Burroughs, where the truly spectacular views are to be had, can be something of a scramble, particularly when snow or loose volcanic gravel are undermined by melt water. After lunching at the summit we slid down the middle snow field on our jackets. A truly unique tundra-like environment with panoramic views of the central and north cascades including Glacier, Baker, and Shuksan peaks. From the summit of third Burroughs you peer down on the crevasses of and terminal moraines of Emmons and Winthrop glaciers on either side of you. Plenty of marmots, pikas, and mountain goats inhabit the high meadows, which bloom brilliantly in July and August. We even saw a few hummingbirds at nearly 8,000 ft.
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This was a great trail, fairly easy, some snow traversing, but well marked. Beautiful views of Mt. Rainier, mt. goats, and human climbers. Take your binoculars.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,000 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 to 3 hours
Late July to September
6,400 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,400 feet
Top Elevation
White River Wilderness Information Center
Local Contacts
USGS Sunrise; Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park; Astronaut's Vista: Mount Rainier National Park; Earthwalk Press Hiking Map and Guide
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Aug 2018