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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
19 days 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
20 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!!

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
25 days 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
25 days 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.

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

backpacking
29 days 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.

A really beautiful day hike! Its definitely smoky at the moment but not enough to deter us. The trail was shady most of the way which was great. Plenty of gorgeous views!

Fairly easy trail with a few steep switchbacks. The bugs were out full force today but a beautiful hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Solid trail; 9,11 & 13yr old were able to finish. Great views. Much better in the AM

Most favorite place to be, 45 minutes from my house.

hiking
1 month ago

There are two trailheads for the lakes...one near White River campground and the other off highway 123. We took the White River trailhead. A steady, but not steep, climb through beautiful shady forests up for 3.5 miles until the trail opens to an alpine meadow. Another 1/3 mile or so takes you to the lakes. Wildflowers still abundant, and best of all, no bugs. Gorgeous view of local peaks at the top, very light traffic (we saw 5 other hikers during the entire, nearly 8 mile trek, on a Sunday in mid-August) This hike is a hidden treasure. Despite its 1610 foot elevation gain, the gradual ascent over several miles makes it accessible.

hiking
1 month ago

Summerland was as good as it gets! Starts in the shaded forest - well-groomed and wide trail - then opens up into wildflowers and gorgeous views of Rainier...switchbacks up to the actual camp get your views better and better. Once we got there, we just had to keep going - the lake was calling us. Hike through great bolder fields to get there. It looks other-worldly. We were happy to reach the beautiful lake but looked up and saw people on the far ridge line (Panhandle Gap) and wanted to go there...so continued our journey over a couple snow patches and up. We lunched a little passed Panhandle up the highest point we could find. It was an amazing day. We started on the trailhead maybe around 6am but passed a LOT of people (on a Monday) on the way out - ended up being 12 miles! One for the books!

Hiked it today and it was beautiful. The wildflowers were out and not many people.

hiking
1 month ago

Great views & beautiful hike after a solid incline. Missed views due to the fog It was also misty at top & some snow was crossed. Portions of trail rocky and uneven but worth the gorgeous glacier falls. Great to see all the WA Conservation Corp volunteers crushing rock by hand & trail maintenance - gratitude. Baby marmots actually posing for photos, look for goats on the cliff side. Facilities at the top were a bonus.3 up 2 down. Busy trail but expected.

Beautiful hike. Highly suggest going past Summerland camp for at least 1 mile because the best part was after the camp. Lots of marmots and beautiful wildflowers. Fun crossings over rivers. Not too strenuous, just a steady climb. Lots of walking in woods which was nice but prefer a little more open hiking.

hiking
1 month ago

We went to this trail on July 26th. It was an amazing trek. We saw a lot of wild flowers and the view of Mt. Rainier was breathtaking. Throughout the hike we saw a lot of things and it was worth the effort .

hiking
1 month ago

An absolutely beautiful and well-maintained trail. It's generally an easy and forgiving hike on the way up to Glacier Basin campground until the last .5 miles or so (where it becomes significantly steeper). We hiked it twice: once in the morning, and once in the late afternoon. I definitely recommend hiking it sometime in the morning, as the lighting on Rainier was perfect and not overexposed as it was in the afternoon.

We spotted lots of wildlife on this trail as well - if you walk a little ways past Glacier Basin campground toward the scree fields, you're in prime marmot territory (we spotted two scurrying around on the rocks there).

If you up close and personal views of Mt Rainier then this is the hike for you. From the top of each one of the Burroughs you are rewarded with fantastic views. The Second Burroughs is the jumping off point for the vast majority of tourist/hikers (not a bad place to turn around). Looking at the trail drop down into the saddle and up, up, up the other side to the Third Burroughs can be most intimidating but believe me when I say your efforts will be rewarded. If you go extra early you have a decent chance of up close encounters with the marmots and the mountain goats.

backpacking
1 month ago

Great hike, went early, nice breeze on the trail,

The view at the top is amazing! The reason I don't rate this hike a five star: 1. The horse flies are terrible! 2. The hike up to the top isn't as beautiful as I have seen in most other hikes. 3. The trail is a bit over grown. This hike is worth doing for sure but I don't think I will do it again.

hiking
1 month ago

Everything you could look for in a dayhike:
Waterfalls, bridges, tall trees, wildflowers, crossing glacier streams & glaciers and a glacier lake. Plus keep following the wonderland trail to glaciers and bright blue rocks, spectacular!

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