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My experience was 5 stars, with cool weather in the low 60s, no clouds blocking Mt Rainier and total seclusion for the last 4+ Miles (we didn’t see or hear a single person). With worse weather or larger crowds, it would probably be a 4. The switchbacks through heavy forest cover are repetitive and take over an hour, but the payoff view of Mount Rainier is absolutely worth it. Skip the first viewpoint. Moderate difficulty is about right. No sketchy areas, just a long climb.

hiking
12 hours ago

Awesome trail winding through the forest, crossing creeks and the river. Bridges and stairs are helpful along the way. The open meadow at the top is perfect for viewing the mountain and spotting a marmot in the rocky terrain. The fall colors are also out in their glory!

Great views or MR. interesting to sit and watch the clouds change around the mountain. One area approx .25 mi had steep dropoffs and was a bit rocky, narrow path. Otherwise all good.
Finally saw goats! There were in distance but happy to see goats. Also saw 4 young deer, 1 marmot and many chipmunks.
Overall J enjoyed Paradise skyline trail much better.

Outstanding weather today, started about 10 am & stopped at Burroughs Mtn #2 for lunch. Views of Rainier were in & out re top due to cloud cover, but still worth the trip! Does get cold up top, we had on every layer we owned, Polar fleece & puffy jackets, hats & head band for extra ear warmth.

Treck up some work, easy for experienced hikers. Take your time, soak in views! Including sheep, an eagle, and several annoying pica up top... Just an all around outstanding day!

Beautiful views, but aggressive wasps on the peak. Every other aspect of the hike was great though.

All I can say is that this hike was incredible! We woke up at 2am from seattle and got to the trailhead around 4am to get to the lookout for sunrise. The trail is moderate but opens out onto this plain and then the trail is steep and a little rocky up to the lookout. We got to the top right at sunrise and it was gorgeous!!

We were fogged in and didn't get much of a view, but when the fog cleared a bit it was beautiful. Would love to go there again on a clear day.

hiking
8 days ago

I did this trail on Sept 9th (took about 3 hours), and it was breathtaking despite the cloud cover! Get there early to beat the crowds. I started at 8:30 am and took the little dirt path to Sunrise Rim trail towards Emmons Glacier overlook, inclined via Burroughs Mountain trail to 1st Burroughs Mountain, and came back down via Sourdough Ridge trail. The incline might be a small challenge for beginners since it's on a narrow trail at the edge of a cliff, but more experienced hikers would consider it a piece of cake. Nice weather, no bugs, and no ice on the trail. The scenery is diverse... forests, rivers, lakes, meadows, and at times barren, rocky alpine conditions. Coffee and a black bean burger at the lodge were much needed before the drive back to Seattle. Overall, worth it for the views!

hiking
9 days ago

Did a beautiful, but cold sunrise hike to First and Second Burroughs on 8/25/18. It was WAY too windy and cold to continue to Third Burroughs. I’ll definitely have to make it the next time :)

Hiked on September 14th, started from Parking lot at Sunrise. Started hiking around 9am, cold with light snow . Hiked to the 3rd mountain, which had much more snow, even lost the trail a couple times. Very peaceful and quiet with a beautiful view of glaciers. Not tough hiking at all, dress warm as the weather has changed on the Mountain. Total round trip with a lunch break on 2nd mountain (30 minutes) and several stops to take pictures was about 4hrs.

Such a beautiful hike, the waterfalls & wildflowers were breathtaking. We did have two young black bears cross in front of us, highly recommend taking some bear spray

backpacking
12 days ago

The very beginning 15 minuets where the toughest as we were also carrying heavy overnight backpacks. But the rest of the trail was very easy and beautiful.

Awesome hike! Beautiful views from the top!

Best view of Mount Rainer from the fire lookout. Took 1.5 hours to get there and 1.5 hour to come back.

Great trek. Expect it to get unexpectedly chilly at times. Seeing the fire lookout is well worth it.

Really great loop and not too difficult. Spectacular views all around. You will see people on the trail, however we started around 10am on a weekday and it wasn’t too bad. Weekends recommend going early

We were driving back from the Gorge on Labor Day weekend. We wanted to take advantage of the holiday and do a "less strenuous" hike as we had a long weekend. This was perfect. The views are unbelievable and you get a wide variety of forest, mountains, lakes, huckleberry patches, and wildlife. Other hikers were able to spot a bear. The path was fairly easy going and there was not any need for advanced hiking equipment. The elevation was roughly 600 feet through the loop. We hiked with another couple and took the clockwise approach which yielded stunning views of Dewey Lake and Mount Ranier. Next time we will try the counter-clockwise route. Be sure to check out Wapiti Wollie on the way out...

Great hike easy at first harder towards the end great view of panhandle gap

23 days ago

Nice hike. Beautiful views on a clear day. Not crowded. Only downside is that you can see the road far below. I’d do it again.

hiking
23 days ago

Absolutely Beautiful!! This is my favorite hike yet. There were waterfalls, bridge crossings, wild flowers, stone stairs, 11 mountain goats, marmots, butterflies, and a beautiful turquoise lake. It was a moderate hike and was 12.5 miles round trip. I will definitely do this one again!!

Loved this hike. Climbed all three Burroughs, and the third is worth the push. Don’t be deceived by the sign that says Burroughs Mountains Trail near the third Burrough path. I made the mistake of following it for 3/4 of a mile down. I then had to climb back out to get on the correct path. Just keep going up the next hill. I saw a mountain goat on my way up to the third Burrough. Epic views, and yes, feels like you can touch the glaciers.

Great hike!!!! you are screwed if you aren’t there by 10am. The line is over a mile long just to pay the park fee. Then you have 10 more mile drive up the mountain and there won’t be anymore parking spots. A bit many people for my liking but I’m glad I did it.

on Sunrise Rim Trail

25 days ago

Beautiful hike! In my opinion, better to start from the point where the trail is closest to the service road. This way, you face Rainier for more than half of the hike. 5 miles took us 3 hours which included a lot of stopping for pictures.

At a ranger's recommendation, did this clockwise for great views the whole way up. Perfect weather & clear skiesmeant it was definitely worth going to the 3rd Burroughs and spending some time enjoying the glacier views.

Gorgeous views!! Did this with my senior mom & 2 kids under 12. Not super challenging for anyone in the group, perfect for a family hike.

Did a trip on Friday & views are simply unbelievable.
The day we went here, it was partly cloudy & as such, we had to exercise patience for unobstructed view of summit. Just one tip, plan to reach 1/2/3 peak before or around noon. Since this trail is from East side of Mt. Rainier, after 2pm or so, the sun goes to other side of summit. Bit steep for 3rd peak, but the views are totally worth it.

Nice hike.

My boyfriend and I hiked this trail about two weeks ago. It was in the middle of a heat wave, so being in the forest for the majority of the hike was really nice. There were several switch backs on the way to the upper part of the loop, but they were pretty gradual and not overly challenging. The view of Mt. Rainier was stunning. We were only at the park for a day so this was the only trail we were able to do....already wanting to go back to try more!

I did a hike up to Burroughs 2 and rested for 45 minutes taking in the unobstructed view of this beautiful mountain! Totally surreal! I’m a little heavy but am a regular walker so in order for me to lose weight I chose this hike for results and it paid off! As I sat and snacked I was looking at the third Burroughs and wanting to hike it but was worried about running out of gas. I did this hike taking my time resting 15 seconds every 60 steps
I started out at 7 am and by the time I reached the 2nd Burroughs (9:20 am) about 20 people had beat me but I succeeded but oh what an advantage you fit people have over us heavier folk! Hahaha round trip took me 5 1/2 hours not counting 45 minute lunch break! I’m coming back next weekend to eat lunch on the third Burroughs.

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