"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." Read more
"Most visitors come to Sunrise to see Mount Rainier, but many hikers know that the other attraction at Sunrise is the wildflower display that begins in mid-June and extends through the summer. Several nature trails take off from the parking lot, but if you have time for only one hike, Burroughs Mountain is suggested. Burroughs Mountain is unusual because this region verges on a tundra-like environment. Here, trees that look “young” are actually hundreds of years old. Their growing season is short and conditions are harsh. In addition to flowers, this trail offers views of Mount Rainier, glaciers, moraines, and the White River valley." Read more
"This route offers more than just wonderful wildlife viewing. The trail atop Burroughs Mountain provides hikers outstanding views of the northeast face of Mount Rainier. Little Tahoma can be seen flanking Rainier, and the tower-topped peak of Mount Fremont stands to the north. Closer at hand, marmots and pikas dash between the rocks along the trail. Mountain goats can be found showing off their agility on the sides of the local peaks. And raptors—from lightning-fast peregrines to massive golden eagles—soar overhead. All in all, the views and the local wildlife make this loop an unbeatable day hiking option for hikers young and old." Read more
"Starting from the highest paved parking lot in Washington State, the Burroughs Mountain loop wastes no time in getting to a mountain realm of alpine tundra, bare rock, and snow. Spectacular views of Mount Rainier start immediately and only get better. The top is a table set for two, with just you and the mountain staring each other in the face. On the return path you’ll see deep moraines and acres of lupines." Read more
"Make a gentle, but at times icy and technical, ascent from the Sunrise Complex to the top of a long mountain with the tundra-like terrain of alpine areas and surreal, top-of-the-world views of Mount Rainier’s northeastern flank.
While you are walking along this trail, you can see the Cascades to your right; on really clear days you can even see Mount Baker. Mount Rainier also looks magnificent from Sourdough Ridge. As you crest First Burroughs Mountain, Mount Rainier comes into view in its full glory. Take the time to identify the major glaciers and landforms in front of you: Emmons Glacier, Winthrop Glacier, Inter Glacier, and Little Tahoma Peak." Read more