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9 days ago

I’ve done this hike 6 times now. It has to be done on a beautiful day. Mid-summer is perfect as long as it’s clear. Training is important if you aren’t an avid hiker. Starting out at a slower pace helps make the whole hike enjoyable. Bring a large garbage bag to slide down the many trails. You’re on snow for about half of it.

Did this a few weeks ago with my fiancé it’s was amazing... one of my bucket list hikes soooo worth it but it took much longer then I thought it would... I will do it again next year!! Maybe summit in 2020...

Did this hike on 10/20 just before they closed the road to Sunrise. I think this is now my favorite hike to date. The trail was very well maintained and easy to follow. It does have quite a bit of gain, especially going to third burrough but it's definitely worth all the blood, sweat and tears! (ok maybe no blood). I loved that the terrain was so different, not at all what I expected, being so close/in the mountains. I believe there was a sign saying it was similar to the Tundra landscape. Either way, bring lots of water as there are no places to re-fill, hat, sunscreen (depending on when you go) because there is NO shade, poles and food. It took us about 6 hours with lots of breaks and PLENTY of stops for pictures.

Just did this hike on Saturday October 20th with 3 buddies. Couldn’t have picked a better day to do this hike! Perfect weather and not a cloud in site. The views were amazing... clear enough to see Mount Adams, St Helens and even Mount Hood in Oregon!! Saw a mountain goat and 2 avalanches over on the Nisqually Glacier. You could hear the booms...very cool! Well worth the effort as it is tough. Especially (for me at least) the last quarter mile or so was very taxing. Partly because i was fully geared up testing some new equipment carrying about 40 lbs. Took us 5 hours up and 3 hours down. We could have shaved an hour or so off that time if we really pushed but we were in no hurry. Too bad the snow was mostly ice so no glissading but it was a great hike nonetheless. I plan to do this hike a few more times with hopes to summit Rainier by the end of next summer!

Great hike! Burroughs three is definitely the best but all three are worth the views. Perfect weather. Glowing yellow Larches from the valleys. I highly recommend making it a loop for the change in scenery and terrain.

Did it this morning - hit trail just before 8am and had the trail to ourselves for quite a while, it was lovely! This was not easy for this early 30s couple - took us about 5.5 hours with many breaks (for breathing, food, and pictures). Very cool though and was amazing to have third Burroughs just about to ourselves (about 6 others spread out across the 2 peaks). Oh! And goats! We saw goats :D. Take water, bring poles, and don’t rush yourself - the climb seems to just keep going, but you’ll make it. And just ignore those people trail running :)

Beautiful trek with breathtaking views. The trail can be completed by starting from 2 directions from the sunrise visitor center. If you wish for a easy one start from the path nearest to frozen lake as it is nearly flat. Otherwise start from the one nearer to emmons vista trail. 4 hrs from car to car. And take a good amount of water with you.

Amazing views of Rainier! We hiked this 10/14 and the weather and visibility were perfect! We just went to first boroughs then down the sunrise rim trail which was just as awe inspiring. This east coast girl never hiked this altitude but had no issues whatsoever. I only wish my hiking partner was up for the entire trail. Highly recommend this hike. We got to Sunrise around 1030, plenty of parking, but the lodge is closed for the season. We stopped at a little gift shop outside of the park Wapiti Woolies for some souvenirs and hit the Naches Tavern across the street for a couple drinks, a bite to eat, and a round of pool. A completely perfect day

Unbelievably fun hike. The Muir snow field is unrelenting though. Muir Camp always seems just over the next hill and then it gets twice as far away when you crest the hill! Total time ROUND TRIP was 6 hours, not sure how it takes most people 5 hours one way. I stopped to film a ton of photos and videos, plus an hour of relaxing in the sunshine at Muir Camp, and it still only took from 1:45pm to 7:45pm to complete. Amazing hike that now makes me want to do the final 4000’ to the summit next summer!

hiking
1 month ago

Went solo on this trip the last week in September in 9 days/8 nights. One needs a permit and there is an easy system to sign up on-line either through a lottery system in March or there are walk-up intermarry possibilities if one has a flexible schedule. Also, routes can either be clock-wise or counter clock-wise in layout. The hike could be comfortably be done in 7 days/6 nights from a mileage perspective. I would rate this as 'hard' but not that 'difficult' in that there is +/- 25,000 ft. of elevation gain and loss for the whole hike, 2k-3K per day on average. It is hard as there is so much up and down. Hiking poles for me were a must. It is not difficult in that it is, during the summer months, a heavily traveled trek and the trails are generally well maintained and easy to follow forest paths. Each day you at going up and down at least one major 2K+ foot section between camps. With side-trips, the 93- 96 mile trek easily ends up over 100+ miles. I took the alternative 'Spray' trail in the northwest as this route is higher up, with closer views of the mountain. There are mountain goats, elk, dear and bear and, the ever present marmots. The weather cooperated, for the most part - 4 days of sunshine, 3 days of overcast, 1 day of rain and 1 day of snow (at 6,000 ft.). The temperature was in the 50s during the day which made for excellent hiking conditions, without overheating. There were no bugs and few people in the camp sites in late September. One is rewarded throughout with spectacular views of the mountain, hills, valleys and rivers as well as different scenery on each day as one heads through different sections and climate zones. In late September, the colors of the bushes change to fiery reds, oranges, yellows and purples - all providing a stark contrast to the bare mountain terrain they grow on. The Wonderland Trail takes one through barren outcrops, subalpine meadows, old growth forests, 'burned' out sections that are regenerating, talus fields and, of course, raging glacial river valleys which leave their silty/rocky deposits below. It is 'hard' because of the elevation gains and losses. All bridges were in place and markers in riverbeds were easy to spot as one navigated low lying sections. I enjoyed the campsites as they all have backcountry privies that are convenient and bear poles for your food/trash at night. In late September, there are few that you are sharing with. One of the pluses for this type of hike is that in each corner of the park, there are cache points to pre-stage food if you choose not to carry it all with you. Further, all campsites, save one, had stream, lake or other water sources near by so water for cooking and drinking was not a problem. Few trails of this length are as well laid out and maintained, with spectacular scenery, and this is the grand daddy of them all. Take the time - it is worth it.

This hike was amazing, the views we had of Mt Rainier were incredible. We started the hike around 7:30am, It is essentially just walking up 3 big hills. The weather was great, sunny with a few clouds near Rainier which moved away. The first two mountains we easy and direct, when we got to the bottom of the second there was a sign pointing left for Burroughs trail and right to frozen lake, it confused us a bit because we wanted to do the third burrough mountain so we just continued on up the third one, It did look a bit daunting but the views on the third mountain are the best! It took use about 3 hours out and back, we stopped a bit for pictures and to snack a bit. I recommend hiking early, there seemed to be allot of people starting their hikes at 10am-11 and this is when the clouds seemed to role in so they might of missed their chance for a good view. On the way back we saw a pack of mountain goats, and TONS of chipmunks.

hiking
1 month ago

This was a great hike with some great views when the clouds broke. Great shots of Rainier.

Amazing hike. Only went to the second Burroughs but still totally worth it. Did the hike on 9/29 and even though the weather in Seattle was warm (low 70s) it was pretty chilly on the hike (low 50s). Also, I’m used to East Coast, low altitude hiking and even though I could feel a difference because of the altitude, it wasn’t too bad.

Amazing day hike! Crevasse is pretty easy to spot, but definitely keep an eye out (hikers right going up, left going down). Took about 7 hours - we kept a solid pace, but needed a few stops on the last mile and spend about 20 mins at the camp.

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.

My friend and I did it yesterday! Gorgeous weather and yes it is a very strenuous hike. Watch out the crevasse and take you micro spikes!

This was one of the best hikes I have done. This was 2nd time doing it. The first time we ended at 2nd Burrough fog was heavy so we couldn’t see anything. This past weekend the sun was out and shinning. I decided to take my friend the opposite way. So we started on rim trail and ended frozen lake trail. It was steeper going up, but easier coming down, when we reached 2nd Burrough since sun was out. Loads were rolling in we decided to start to head to 3rd Burrough. We asked people coming down they said was worth the hike. When we got to the top it was amazing! There were clouds on top portion of rainier but still amazing. As we enjoyed lunch the clouds started to move and give us glimpses of the top of rainier. Absolutely amazing! Worth it on a clear day. We saw 1 squirrel is all! Was looking for goats but did not see any on Saturday.

Strenuous day hike best started early. Temp changes pretty drastically halfway to base camp. Brought microspikes which helped some, may as well use them if you got. Did not use poles. Such rapid elevation change that I needed more frequent stops towards the end. Great views, but once you get about a mile from the camp you’re just trucking over snow at a high altitude. Nonetheless, I’d do it again. You can hear the glaciers break apart in loud booms and it’s pretty phenomenal.

My wife and I hiked up to 2nd Burroughs and once again it was amazing!! It was the first time to 2nd Burroughs and she loved it. I was hoping to see some Mountain Goats but not this time. We did see a bear heading up to the parking lot which was cool. I recommend if you just go to 2nd Burroughs to start to 3rd Burroughs until you hit the first turn (an extra 20 yards). One of the best view of the mountain and trail!!!

This is one of the best hikes we have done in all of WA. We started out headed to Frozen Lake because of a recommendation from a park ranger. I would actually not take this route again, if we had gone the other way it would have provided better views of the mountain while heading towards the first burrough. Each burrough you go to has a better view than the last, and I would highly recommend going to the third burrough for a perfect ending. It is about 1.5 miles from the second burrough down an unmarked dirt path below. Warning, it is a harder climb up than the first two. At the top you are about as close to Mt Rainier as possible with great views of the glaciers on the opposite side. Overall, even with the third burrough added on the hikes difficulty was not extreme and offered insane views throughout.

TLDR: we fell through the ice into a crevasse.

My boyfriend and I are avid hikers and wanted to do this trail when visiting rainier. We did a lot of research, and even though we knew it could be a dangerous hike, we were mostly warned on changing weather conditions and whiteouts. It was a beautiful day today - record breaking, not a cloud in the sky. We were almost at Muir (which is a very strenuous hike, if we made it to the top it might have been worth it), when POOF, through the earth i fell. No warnings, no holes in the ground, just walking on snow and next thing I know I’m in a glacier way over my head. My boyfriend tried to get me out and then he fell in too. After some struggle, getting soaked by the freezing ice, and getting stuck deeper in the hole, we finally got out. Thank god I had a sat phone and we called for help as I was I injured. On the way down the mountain, the guide fell in another crevasse in a totally different location!! We had never even heard of these and here we were. There was even a warning sign before the snowfield that mentioned whiteouts and weather changes but no mention of crevasses. So, while Rainier is beautiful, and the hike might be good for people with snowshoes or skis, BE CAREFUL. we could have died today.

This is one of my favorite waterfalls with absolutely stunning wildflowers and a great view of the mountain.

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.

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!

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!

We were here on 09/13 which was a overcast day. I felt like this hike took a lot of work and time up for very little payoff. To start the road was under construction so within the first few miles we were stopped at a sign saying road closed for an hour. Talked to some previously waiting cars and sounded like awhile had already elapsed. Waited maybe 20 min to continue. Then you have this unpaved road that is just so rough the whole way and has a speed limit of 25 mph. Takes about 40 minutes with lots and lots of moments you swear you will have a flat tire. The hike itself was not overly strenuous or technical but is definitely a workout at times. We only went to the falls and turned around since we knew we weren’t going to get any Mountain View’s with the weather so in total was a 4 mile trip. Then back down the rough road to wait another 30 minutes at the construction zone to leave. I think if it had been a clearer visibility day so that the hike itself had more visual payoff I wouldn’t have cared so much about the time and the travel etc but for us it was just a pretty standard forest hike with a lot of obstacles.

On a clear day this is an amazing hike. We were lucky enough to have great weather and the views of mount rainier were spectacular! It definitely has some elevation so be prepared! We got there @ 9am on a weekday and only saw a few ppl on the trail .

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