Dege Peak Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sunrise Park, WA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until September.
The Sourdough Ridge / Dege Peak Trail traverses subalpine meadows just north of the Sunrise parking area. A gentle climb to the ridge top offers awesome breathtaking views of Mount Rainier, with Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, and Mount Adams in the distance. Stay on trail to protect fragile plants. Rocky Mountain goats can sometimes be seen along the trail. Trail overlaps with the Sunrise/Sourdough Nature Trail and follows the ridge eastward to Dege Peak. RT is about 3.8 miles, with another 0.4 miles for Dege Peak. Sourdough Ridge trail also travels west to Frozen Lake (Sourdough Ridge Frozen Lake to Dege Peak is 2.8 miles). Follow the nature trail to the right, then head east on the Sourdough Ridge Trail to the Dege Peak spur trail. At an elevation of 6,400 feet, Sunrise is the highest point that can be reached by vehicle at Mount Rainier National Park. In summer, mountain meadows abound with wildflowers. On clear summer days, Sunrise provides breathtaking views of Mount Rainier, Emmons glacier, vibrant wildflower meadows. Sunrise Point offers nearly 360-degree views of the surrounding valleys, Mount Rainier, and other volcanoes in the Cascade Range such as Mount Adams. These views and an excellent trail system make Sunrise the second most visited location in the park. The Sunrise Road usually opens in late June or early July and closes in late September to early October. Check the road status before setting out. Reference: http://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/sunrise.htm
Went on Sunday and it was cloudy and cold. Went early at 9am to avoid crowds. Still beautiful! Saw a mountain goat, marmot and a ptarmigan. Trail is dusty but well maintained. Some parts on the summit have some small rocks but still an easy hike. Would do it again in hopes of seeing the view this time.
To me Sunrise is the best view of Rainier. This trail is pretty easy too.
Dege Peak is very good place for the sunset. The down sides to Dege peak for either sunrise or sunset is the road and the car noise. Most pictures will have the road in the picture. It's close to the parking lots of sunrise point or the main sunrise visitor center area. Trail is in great shape. 360 degree view.
Since the trail had opened only a week before I arrived, It was still covered by about 4 feet of snow. There were some tricky spots but the trail was very enjoyable. Up on the ridge SW of the ranger's station, there was still a good amount of snow. It made the hike a little trecherous up on the ridgeline. Out toward Frozen lake is where we ran into some issues. Unless you have spikes and poles, don't try it. It's snow covered this time of year so the pass is really tricky.
The great thing about this trail is, it's directly across the valley from Mount Rainier! It's about 700 feet up so you get a different view of the mountain.
The rangers who man the station are great! Extremely helpful, and very knowledgeable about the mountain. They even took the time to show us some climbers on the mountain through the binoculars.
If you love Mount Rainier, I highly recommend this trail.
I had never been hiking before and this was a really good introductory hike. I went in Kate July and there was still a lot of snow. The views are beautiful!