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Description is confusing, this starts on the Comet Falls Trail, then joins the Van Trump Park Trail for the last portion.
Was a cloudy day so didn't get to see the mountain but the creek and falls were motivational! Snow on the trail past Comet Falls. Late in the season and mid-week so not too many other hikers. Will come back next summer for the flowers and the views!

Truly my favorite hike in the NW- head left to Mildred point for an incredible view of the cascades, the dome and a chance to see some mountain goats. Adds another 1000’ of elevation and the last part is incredibly steep (hands and feet going up) but worth every step.

24 days ago

Beautiful hike that provides lots of good exercise!

Absolutely Beautiful! Hard incline for me since it was only my second actual hike but I did it and it was awesome. Met a few nice people too. At the top there is nice group camp site along with a well maintained bathroom. Definitely would be a great place to camp if you don't mind packing everything in and out!

hiking
1 month ago

The road in is very good, only thing to add is it’s 7 miles instead of 6 to trailhead on 5270. Definitely don’t need your morning coffee on this hike as it gets your calf’s screaming and lungs pumping from the get-go. Trail is in good shape other than a few spots where runoff has eroded parts of the trail. A few frozen areas on the trail as the temperatures are dropping and very little sunlight reaching parts of the trail.
I enjoy hiking for the anticipation of whats around the corner or over a hill and this hike had several. When you crest the small saddle towards Tatoosh lake and all you see is sky and then it opens up to a vast wilderness, rocky peaks, glaciers and Mt Rainier. Not much else needs said. There may not have been any colorful wild flowers but the colors of autumn were pretty awesome. Made it to the last lake and took a short break and headed back. Definitely a hike you can do in a day but plan on the entire day. I started at 9 and was out by 6. Nearly 14 miles if you do the entire trail and climb down to both lakes. Next trip, I’ll camp 1 night.

hiking
1 month ago

Hiked a couple of weeks ago. Really beautiful hike. Great views of Rainier, wildflowers, the river, etc. Many places to stop and take beautiful pictures. Lots of wildlife too. Saw goats, plenty of marmots, and a marten. Didn't trek too much further past the camp - stopped and had a picnic on one of the big boulders instead. Highly recommend this hike but start early to beat the crowds! :)

We went on October 6 and encountered first snow! I.was glad for my hiking poles. We met hikers who went to the Gap, but we did not try it!

From Hwy 123.

Hike downhill for less than half a mile passing decent little waterfall. Then straight up hill to the lakes. Ended up doing between 10.5 and 11 miles round trip with a 2400 foot elevation gain. Well maintained trail.

Did this hike last Wednesday under beautiful clear skies. Got to Sunrise around 8 and encountered stiff winds along the ridge to 1st and 2nd Burroughs. The descent into the valley connecting the 2nd and 3rd mountains loses around 350 feet, leaving a long, tough slog of 800+ feet in a mile up to the summit of the 3rd. The elevation plays a role as the approach is in the 7.5k ft. range so pace yourself. Views from the 3rd summit are stupid-good and humbling in their scope. I’ve living in the PNW for 30+ years and hiked at Rainier before; this hike made me feel guilty I hadn’t done more in this area before. Bring layers as most of this trail is completely exposed. Made it back to the Trailhead by noon just as the trail traffic was picking up heading back up the mountain.

1 month ago

This hike is tough. The switchbacks really do not seem to help. The views are nice once you clear the tree line. Be sure to only do this hike on a clear day so you can see the scenery to include Rainer. Once you crest the Ridgeline apx 2.5 miles in , there is a foot path to your left; leading up to a small summit that gives you great views of the tatoosh lake and glacier. This is the closest I got to summiting the ridge. The remainder of the 2.7 mile trail is great if you can comfortably scramble. I wasn’t able to find the way up the tatoosh Ridgeline once the Cleary marked trail ended and risking a fall could be catastrophic for the remainder of the .7 mile trail. It was also getting cloudy and late in the afternoon so I opted to turn around. It’s okay though, since I was able to view the scenery from a supplementary Ridgeline as mentioned earlier.

hiking
1 month ago

beautiful!

Great hike with amazing weather today. This trail is a new favorite of mine on Mt. Rainier. Totally worth the extra effort to go to Third Burroughs.

hiking
1 month 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!

One of my favorite hikes at Sunrise! Spectacular views.. definitely a hike I will never forget. Bring lots of water if hiking in the summer!

Phenomenal day...lucky with weather...walk quietly and you may see wildlife. We were up close with deer, grouse, mountain goats, and chipmunks too.

Very pretty area. We enjoyed this hike a lot.

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

This is a brutal hike. Straight up. Switchback after switchback. Wear good shoes, I hike in my Nikes, not my hiking boots. They gave me blisters for two weeks last time. A walking stick would be helpful coming down. It’s steep. The view, flowers and wildlife are worth the haul. You can get up to the top and poke around without doing the whole 11 miles. Enjoy!

AMAZING VIEWS // worth the tough climb

Great hike and way to get up close and personal with Rainier! Great photo ops at the top. Burroughs 1 &2 we’re moderate but by the time you get to the 3rd it felt a bit more strenuous. We took about 6.5 hours total with plenty of breaks, lunch at the top and lots of photo ops.

hiking
2 months ago

Very good hike. Went till we were even with the bottom of inter glacier. Stayed away from the glacier as rocks were coming down from the top of the glacier. Look out for those if you go beyond the campground. Beautiful up there. The top of the mountain looks soooo close and inviting

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

hiking
2 months 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!!

This is my first hike at Mt. Rainer National Park since moving to Washington and let me say it was worth it. My boyfriend and I decided to hike this moderate hike about two weeks ago. The sunrise trails starts off a little steep but nothing too hard, and that leads you to the frozen lake. If you continue to the Burroughs that’s when the elevation gets a little harder, but not too hard if you’re an avid hiker. It’s steep for a good amount of the hike, then you hit flat land with Mt. Rainer in sight, then you hit the steepness again, and soon enough you’re at the Burroughs and it’s absolutely breathtaking. We went when it was a little cloudy and even then it was beautiful. However you can closer than the second Burroughs and hit the third Burroughs but that’s when it gets tough. The whole up to the third Burroughs is steep, so be prepared. The view is amazing and worth the struggle though, it’s like you can literally touch Mt. Rainer. I’ve done this hike twice now, definitely worth the struggle for the third Burrough!

hiking
2 months ago

This was an awesome hike. We did a sunrise hike and it was so beautiful! I would recommend doing the same. It becomes very challenging close to the end, but it is beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

Hiked on a cloudy day that resulted in no views of the Mountain - disappointing. Well maintained trail has a mild and gradual uphill to Basin campsite and very smooth hike back down to White River campsite. No knee or toe busting. Went on a Saturday in August and there was a moderate amount of hikers out for a misty day. Most were heading to or coming from Emmon viewpoint.

8/27/18
Fairly easy hike that gives some impressive views after the initial climb from the parking lot. The hike up each burrough is a steady uphill but not long and the views will keep you occupied (I also had a fox walking 40’ ahead of me for a while around Frozen Lake). I stopped for a bit on the first “peak” to admire the views over Wonderland/Huckleberry/ Fremont trials and wait for the impending clouds to roll through. As I started up the second burrough the skies opened and Rainier loomed above the trail, it looks so close you feel the trail might take you right to it! I didn’t do the 3rd peak, I ended up talking to some other hikers and we admired the view for a while and started back as a group. We lucked out with a fantastic sunset and no smoke! Definitely worth the effort, especially if the skies are clear.

Considering all the trails in the park, I was a bit disappointed. I wanted to see more of the mountain :(

backpacking
2 months ago

My first venture into the Tatoosh Wilderness, I used the north trailhead. I hiked in about 3.5 miles to only the 2nd campsite I'd seen along the way, as there is almost no flat terrain on this trail! But I wasn't disappointed. It's a nice but small single tent campsite with an unobstructed view of Mount Rainier.

"But why only 3.5 miles?", you might ask? Well, the guidebook says that the initial 2.5 mile climb is "relentless," but I think this is a generous description. The word I would use to describe it is BRUTAL! There were moments when I began to question my capacity to make it to the top...... but then I popped out of the trees into steep open meadow and I knew that the climb was worth it. Beautiful!

Your elevation gain is front-loaded and comes mostly at the beginning of this trail which also coincides with forest - perfect for a hot day! Loved when it opened up at the end for the meadows and lakes. Our group overnighted at Tamanos camp and took light packs up to Tamanos peak for a beautiful view of Mt Rainier. If you do that, make sure you are up for the challenge! By my calculations it was about 900 feet elevation gain in 0.7 mi. We were stopping every 10 feet to catch out breath as it was straight up. Gorgeous wildflowers over this whole narrow path upward! Bugs at camp were worse during the day - mostly flies but not biting much. Just annoying. Thankfully they cleared up and were completely gone in the evening.

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