Sunrise Rim Trail

EASY 9 reviews

Sunrise Rim Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Packwood, 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 March until October.

5.5 miles 1157 feet Loop

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

This nature trail is located at the Sunrise Visitor Center at Mt Rainier National Park, Washington. (Please note it is in an entirely different location than Paradise.) It is an approximately 1.3 mile loop utilizing a segment of the Sourdough Trail and requires a brisk, steep climb at outset. Great views of Mt Rainier, the Northern Cascades, the Tatoosh Range, etc. Moderate trail great for families, not accessible for limited mobility. Soil & loose gravel with steep drop offs in places as well as sensitive sub-alpine wildflower habitat (spring to late summer bloom) - keep kids close. 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

4 months ago

Easy hike, not much elevation but incredible views. Get there early on the weekend.

4 months ago

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1 year ago

Loved it! Breathtaking views of the mountains!

hiking
1 year ago

Outstanding, easy hike, especially on a clear day. Ours was the opposite of clear, but we still had a great time and the clouds made Rainier extra mysterious. Without the clouds, you'd have Rainier filling the sky most of the way. You get a little forests and a good amount of alpine meadows along the trail.

There are a couple route options, all of which are around 5 miles with about 1000 ft elevation change.

1 year ago

easy trail with amazing views

hiking
1 year ago

Great evening hike. go up the Burroughs if you can, the views are amazing.

1 year ago

It was great for the kids. There was a lake to explore ( no swimming or fishing) and the kids loved seeing the chipmunks and frogs. Would definitely be back.

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2 years ago

When we got to Sunrise, it was mostly overcast, so we started up the Sunrise Nature Trail to Sourdough Ridge in hopes of maybe seeing Mt. Rainier from the east. 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 over the ridge to the moraine, we noticed the sun was popping out.... AND the clouds cleared AND there was Mt. Rainier in all her splendor. Wow! what a view. The trail is sloped to the ridge and flat along the ridge. 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 views were spectacular; I highly recommend this easy hike.

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4 years ago

This is an easy loop on the sunrise side. It was really dusty, but when I went there had been hardly any rain for two months. Great trail for people just wanting to get out for a nice drive and a short hike with gorgeous views. There's a nice surprise on the East side of the loop.