Sourdough Ridge Nature Trail is a 3.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Paradise Inn, WA that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from April until September.
The Sourdough Ridge Nature Trail, also called the Sunrise Nature 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. Loop is 1.5 miles. 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
Easy trail with great views. It gets windy on the ridge and the dust can really blow around. Be prepared for that. Very well traveled. Only 3 stars because Frozen Lake was disappointing.
This trail was decent. Hiking the ridge line with the family was fun. The lake was a bit of a disappointment for the kids. The trail is pretty dusty at the moment and as we were leaving was very full. It was very manageable for kids and you can't beat the views of Rainier. We did the trail as a loop the trail back was a service road so nothing exciting but had better views of Rainier than the ridge trail.
Great views of both the park & the mountain, took it up to Frozen lake & came back on a different trail, Sourdough was definitely the better of the two!
Stunning view, even in the clouds.
We started at Sunrise and went west towards Frozen Lake. It was a wonderful hike, with beautiful views stretching out to either side of the trail. Frozen Lake itself was very low after a dry summer. We saw goats frolicking near Mt Fremont but decided to head to Burroughs #1 instead, which had a lovely view of Rainier.
Easy trail to Frozen Lake; fairly busy on a nice day. Lots of snow fields to navigate this time of year that make it a fun challenge.
When we got to Sunrise, it was mostly overcast, so we started up the Sourdough Ridge Nature Trail (aka Sunrise Nature Trail) to Sourdough Ridge in hopes of seeing Mt. Rainier peeking from behind the clouds. At the top along the ridge it was still overcast and there was still some snow and some nice benches on the trail.... as we took a breather on a bench looking eastward (away from Rainier) over the ridge to the moraine, we noticed the sun was popping out.... AND the clouds cleared AND when we turned back around, there was Mt. Rainier in all her splendor. Wow! what a breathtaking view. The trail is sloped to the ridge and flat along the ridge. The Nature Trail cuts through the meadows with some nice wildflowers and you need to stay on the trail. The Ridge Trail travels from Frozen Lake to the west to Dege Peak to the east. I did a little trail running east toward Dege Peak and startled a Mountain Goat (huge!) and he ran up Dege Peak and sat among the pines. The clouds cleared completely on our way down the hill to the visitors center. The views were spectacular; I highly recommend this easy hike.
Great views. A nice relaxing hike.
The Sourdough Ridge trail follows the ridge with magnificent views of the northeast side of Rainier along the entire ridge. Mid August found the wild flowers being beautiful. Combine this with Shadow Lake for a nice loop of about 3 miles.