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went there August 12th 2018. it was cloudy but definitely a great hike.

Started the trail at sunrise today and loved every aching minute of the 7 hours it took us to finish the hike!

I'd recommend an early start if you want to avoid the crowds. We met maybe a handful of people on our way up to the Burroughs and didn't have any issues with parking at the trailhead. It's definitely chilly early in the morning though, so bring a jacket and wear layers.

I did the trail counterclockwise and loved watching the sun come up over the mountains, especially as we were heading up to the First Burrough. The climb up to the Second is steady but manageable (on our way down, we saw plenty of families with small children on the trail). And I will say that even though you'll see most people stopping at the Second Burroughs, definitely continue on to the Third! It's about 800 ft of steady climbing, but so worth it.

I would recommend that if you plan on doing the full 9-10 mile hike to bring water, sun protection, and maybe a snack. Although watch out for the ground squirrels! They know no fear when it comes to food.

One of the best hikes at this park. A lot of people stop at the second Burrow, but the most dramatic view is at the third. Enter clockwise if you want continuous views that blow your mind. Couldn’t stop to eat without chipmunks trying to nibble at your hands or looking in your backpack. Don’t feed wildlife!


Groomed trail. Beautiful views. Aggressive huge horse flies; bee body with fly wings! Steady climb up. No cover at about 2 miles. Suggest starting early to avoid the hot sun. Beautiful display of wild flowers at 2 miles.

8 days ago

We did this hike August 5th 2018, we started from the other end to Lake Angela and to Khallane ridge trail and to Heather Park Trial, so 12.6miles not 15miles, over 8hours with breaks. Stunning views with all different type geographical makeups, forests, saw a herd of mountain goats. Very challenging around Khallane ridges and part of heather park trails. Worth every step and sweat’

Great hike and beautiful view but I wouldn’t have gone if I knew I had to pay $30 for a one day pass to go up there. Also way over crowded and a lot of tourist who don’t move out of the way for experienced hikers.

16 days ago

Great hike. Made it to 2nd Burroughs but did not continue since I didn’t have water or sun protection. Weather was amazing. Trail was easy to follow and connected with several other trails.

Best maintained hiking trail I’ve been on. Went today and it was beautiful weather! A little hazy at the top but well worth every step up. Take bug spray and use it frequently- lots of bugs. Get there early for parking. Best hiking trail I’ve been on!

The view from here is always fantastic. We went clockwise which I think was better due to the rough terrain and a snowfield we had to traverse. Downhill would have been much more difficult. The only thing I didn’t like about the hike were the flies and mosquitoes. They were relentless every time we stopped to look at the mountain and take pictures. No way we were stopping for lunch here. Although they were annoying, I still would recommend this hike.

What an incredible hike! If you can get to the Third Burroughs, it’s worth it. Hiked this 7/22/18, and there was one short snow crossing between the First and Second Burroughs—this one is probably the most dangerous out of all the snow crossings (based on where you’d end up if you did slip and fall) but, there was a decent platform built up with footprints to step in so it wasn’t too slippery and didn’t seem too scary. There were 3 more snow crossings on the Third Burroughs—these were fairly easy to cross. Plus, if you did happen to slip and fall, you’d slide and still end up on the hiking path. People were crossing the snow in nike tennis shoes. Just do what you’d be comfortable with. A park ranger recommended taking the Frozen Lake trail on the way to the Burroughs and taking Sunrise Rim and Shadow Lake on the way back to Sunrise, and I think that is probably the more enjoyable way to hike this trail. Trails are well marked and well trafficked. The parking lot at Sunrise was very close to full around 10:30am on a Sunday. Don’t forget bug spray and sunscreen!

This is now one of my favorite hikes ! I combined this with Fremont lookout and did about 9 miles total. The weather was perfect, definitely bring sunscreen and BUG SPRAY for the top of the second Burrough. The views were spectacular and the trail is so easy to follow as everything is marked really well. I didn’t even need a map. Lastly, get there early ! I got there at 830 and the lot was at least 1/4 to 1/3 full. When i left at 2, the whole lot and road were full. Enjoy !

It was awesome)))

23 days ago

Beautiful views. Worth the trek up. Highly recommend putting this on your summer to-hike list. It is a popular hike so preferably do this on a weekday and start early if you like solitude.

Worth every ache and pain I have in my body lol! You MUST arrive as early as possible. We got there at 8am and the parking lot was about 1/3 full. When we left about 12pm the lot was full and cars were parked all along the road. Then there was at least a 1 mile line up at the rangers station.

Beautiful views with lots of other hikers on a Saturday. Weather changes quickly and while we were hot climbing up we could have used light gloves while enjoying the views at the top looking out at the glaciers. We saw a large herd of mountain goats down one slope and one pika in the rocks. Really great hike that we all enjoyed.

Lots of time in the woods. Lake is beautiful. Bring bug spray!

We hiked this yesterday. Started towards Frozen Lake, but views would have been better from the opposite entrance. Did Boroughs 1 & 2, had three snow passes which were melting and very slippery. Wasn’t easy without poles, but we made it. Wouldn’t recommend for anyone with strong fear of heights or without good grip on boots. Views were stunning, wildflowers were lovely. Stopped for lunch at Shadow Lake, but the bugs were biting hard despite bug spray, so had to abandon. Overall still an amazing hike.

30 days ago

A tough at times hike but absolutely worth it. Drive to trailhead is along a one-lane dirt road going into the mountains, nothing too scary but be ready to pullover for traffic. Beginning of hike is fairly flat and easy, but after a few hours you'll get into some steep elevation gains. Nothing hairy, just exhausting, especially if you're bringing a fully loaded pack. When you get to towards the first basin it may be incredibly buggy, bring some spray. Great views of the glacial mountains along the way. Once you get to Royal Lake you'll be tempted to chill or swim in the beautiful blue water, but if you've got the energy definitely continue on to the to upper basin. By the end you'll have seen some beautiful meadows and another stunning glacial lake surrounded by snowy mountains.

If camping, the lake campsites looked nice, but there's a number of sites. If looking for something more private, consider the Lower Royal Meadow sites, there were only 2 that I saw. You're right next to the creek so easy to filter water. Was really buggy, but I don't think you can get away from that anywhere. Quite chilly at night as well.

1 month ago

Had an amazing time up here today.
Taking forest road 27 to the trailhead is super easy: there are signs for both the upper and lower trailheads. Lower trailhead was crowded on a Saturday morning, but we were able to squeeze into one of the last spots around 8:45am.
Trail is definitely a hard one, but nothing unmanageable and well worth the spectacular views of both the Olympics and Cascades.

Beautiful hike! We hit some pretty bad mosquitoes while down in the trees, but they were absent up in the meadows and higher.
Great views, fun glissading, a chilly polar plunge and very patient Park Rangers made for a very rewarding hike.

Didn’t feel like 8 miles at all! So many waypoints and views and nature to look at. The views make this hike! Clouds did roll in and we lost the views of Rainier on Burroughs, but the valley and lake were gorgeous coming down. Fremont was the sketchiest part of the trail, but not too bad. Agree with another reviewer, enough loose rock to keep you engaged and not get bored. Bring warm layers and micro spikes if your shoes have lost their tread like mine!

I started about 7am from the parking lot. Weather was nice and cool in the morning with clear skies. I made it to Burroughs #3 by 11am with a few stops so I could take it all in. The views are absolutely breathtaking. I was able to beat the crowds, as I saw from my hike back to Burroughs #2. That being said, if you get to #2 and it's still early in the day, you might as well venture to #3. I was fortunate to see a bear on the hike back. I couldn't have asked for a better day hike. Parking lot to Burroughs #3 and back using loop - 9.8 miles.

Incredible views after the first few miles! This is a tough trail for novices, we were pooped when we got back to the the car. But smiling!

Amazing views on a clear day! Some patches of snow on slopes. My family of 4 were able to overcome but I would recommend an early start as it got hot later in the day.

1 month ago

This trail is beautiful, but I didn’t get a chance to experience the whole of it. My itinerary started at Sunrise, with plan for first night at James, then on to Yellowstone Cliffs, Dick Creek, and Granite Creek campsites. The West Fork of the White River was running too fast and I decided against a dangerous crossing with 2 kids. I arrived at the river ~4pm and the crux of the crossing was sucking hard on my boots. We rested near the river until 4am the next morning to reasses, but the night was fairly warm and the drop in river level was not enough to make it crossable to a family (approx 3-4 inches). As a 200lb person, I’m confident that I could’ve crossed, but it would’ve been sketchy I had no safe strategy for the rest of my family. So we walked out and got to experience a double-helping of Grand Park, Berkeley Park, the mighty mountain and Burroughs in snow flurries. I’ll be back, but either earlier or later in the season.

It was cool and rainy today at the start of the trail. It turned very windy and cold a ways into the trail. There was snow still on the sides of the mountain, and with the wind, I decided to turn around. Other people were also turning around. I bet it is an amazing hike in good weather! Will definitely be back!!

Hiked all around majestic Mt. Rainier in August of 2017. On our last full day we woke early and drove directly the Burroughs trail and hiked 1, 2 and 3. For me it was the best hike of Mt. Rainier. Spectacular and easily doable for anyone used to hiking 5 plus miles with elevation changes. Saw a fisher close up and several bear from a distance. Highly recommend this hike. For those who get around, it was not as hard as the Fiery Gizzard Trail in TN. Would love to hike the Burroughs trail again! Enjoy.

Beautiful and perfect

Had been there on memorial day weekend. Though it was crowded at parking lot but was much clearer during the hike as not many people were trying to go up. It was not easy as snow was thin due to sun but it’s totally worth it. One of the best viewpoint in Pacific Northwest for sure

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