Mount Fremont Lookout Trail

Mount Rainier National Park, Washington

Distance1.3mi
Elevation Gain800ft
Trailhead Elevation6,762ft
Top7,183ft
Elevation Min/Max6737/7183ft
Elevation Start/End6762/6762ft

Mount Fremont Lookout Trail

Mount Fremont Lookout Trail is a hiking trail in Pierce County, Washington. It is within Mount Rainier National Park. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 6,762 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 800 feet. The trail ends near the Mount Fremont Lookout viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: Burroughs Mountain Trail, Wonderland Trail and Sourdough Ridge Trail.

Mount Fremont Lookout Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Hike to one of the few remaining high lookouts in the state, this one within Mount Rainier National Park. This hike offers children a glimpse of the life of a lookout and sweeping views of the north side of Mount Rainier, Berkeley Park, Grand Park, south Puget Sound, and the Olympics far beyond. The trip is especially interesting to children when the lookout is staffed. Check at the park’s White River entrance to find out before you start."

"The Mount Fremont Trail, an easy half-day hike from the popular (and spectacular) Sunrise area, is an extremely popular hike that can be combined with other Sunrise-area destinations for a full day of wandering among some of the most spectacular mountain and alpine parkland scenery in the United States. The old fire-watch tower at trail’s end is dubbed the Fremont Lookout, but the stilted cabin actually sits on a secondary knoll, not the true summit, of Mount Fremont.

That’s okay, though, since the views from this historic structure are improved by its location at the more northern knob. On clear days, Glacier Peak, Mount Stuart, and even Mount Baker can be seen. If the air is too hazy for those distant views, watch the slopes around the north side of the ridge— mountain goats frequently rest on the slope as it drops off just past the trail’s end."

"This hike makes a short ascent to a fire lookout on Mount Fremont that towers over the north side of the park. The lookout affords great views of Mount Rainier, Skyscraper Mountain, Grand Park, and Sourdough Ridge.

Walk up the paved path to the right (east) of the restrooms until you see a dirt trail on your right (north). Get on that trail and travel north until you come to a fork in the Sourdough Ridge Nature Trail. Turn left (northwest) and walk 0.2 mile to the Sourdough Ridge Trail. Turn left (west) onto the Sourdough Ridge Trail. While you are walking along this trail, you can see the North Cascades to your right. Mount Rainier also looms magnificent from Sourdough Ridge."

"This trail to Mount Fremont crosses Yakima Meadow, traverses Sourdough Ridge, and bisects a large talus field on its way to the fire lookout that towers over the north side of the park and affords great views of Mount Rainier, Skyscraper Mountain, Grand Park, and Sourdough Ridge.

Walk up the paved path to the right (east) of the restrooms until you see a dirt trail on your right (north), where a large informative sign marks the trailhead. Get on that trail and travel north until you come to a fork. Turn left (northwest) and walk 0.2 mile to the Sourdough Ridge Trail. Turn left (west) onto the Sourdough Ridge Trail."

Mount Fremont Lookout Trail Reviews

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9/28/2007
We arrived for the first snow of the year - about 1/2" on the ground but blown into drifts about a foot deep in places. Sunrise is all closed in prep for winter - only the pit toilets still open. Gorgeous hike - high winds & clouds blowing through. The lookout is under repair with scaffolding on it & all locked up. Shutters down on two sides. Trail was in great shape except for drifted snow. Also did Burroughs Mountain (1st & 2nd). Beautiful day. Almost no-one there.
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7/14/2006
The weather was perfect at Sunrise making the visibility absolutely unreal! The hike to Fremont Lookout is a well maintained and scenic trail. Workers were restoring the Lookout building from the bottom up. Grand Park was showing its beauty and there were flowers along the trail to enjoy. It was an excellent easy hike. Sigree
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9/2/2004
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7/13/2004
I gave this one two shots in one week, due to the fact that I ran out of time to reach the lookout the first time. That day, the mountain was all fogged over. Any glimpse of Mt. Rainier was confined to swirling white patches through the mist, but I found a lot more to keep me occupied. Mostly getting lost. The guide book I had was the one about best hikes for children, and I kept thinking how much it would suck if I''d had little kids with me and was wandering aimlessly around the dark corners of Mt. Rainier. The directions could use a little work. Then again so could my map-reading skills. Aside from that rant, I found it to be beautiful, gothic charm I''d say, with edges of everything eaten away by the freezing fog I didn''t expect in July. Upon returning to the main trail from my third wrong turn, I was lucky enough to bump into a very nice forest ranger who was heading in the direction I needed to go. If you run into Peter, say hello for me. By the time I reached Frozen Lake, I was pretty much frozen myself and needed to head back home. Next time up, it was sunny and hot with no lack of people. On the final curving ascent to the lookout, I saw a mother mountain goat and her tiny kid way up on the rise. The view was everything previous visitors will say it is. Huge expanse of white and rock in place of the mountain I know so well from a distance. Boggling expanse of forested swells and mountain ranges I couldn''t identify. Oh, and deer flies! The only unpleasant aspect of it all. DEET was the only thing that worked even moderately. I''m packing two bottles next time. This was a hike well worth a two-plus hour drive one way.
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9/9/2001
I hiking buddy and myself left early about 6:30 am and drove from Tacoma to Sunrise within the Mt. Rainier NP. Going through the Nisqually entrance it took approximately 3 hours. The weather was awesome! It was warm, clear and there was the presence of a slight breeze. We headed up from the trail head and made our way to Frozen Lake. We had a few encounters along the way with other hikers. Once we made our way to Frozen Lake we headed north and up. In the first 500 yards of the trail leaving the lake we encounter right along the trail a marmot who was setting in his body stores for the coming winter. Though he was about 8 feet away he paid little attention to our presence. As we stood there watching him we noticed three additional companions of our marmot moving around the mountain side above us. After a bit we moved out again. We made our way along the side of mountain and for the last bit up to the lookout we moved across a trail made of various size rocks. The view from the lookout as incredible!! To the south was the splendor of Mt. Rainier. To the north you could easily see Mt. Baker and Glacier Mountain. To the northwest we could make out Seattle and the Olympics loomed to the western border of our vision. From this vantage we watched hawks riding thermals along the ridges below. After a break and some time taking everything in we headed down. We had an opportunity to chat with a NPS Volunteer. The return was uneventful except upon our return the parking lot was completely full and crowds had amassed. It was an relatively easy and provided some awesome vistas.
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Mount Rainier National Park
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Mount Rainier National Park
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Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
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White River Wilderness Information Center, (360) 569-6670; Sunrise Visitor Center, (360) 663-2425
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