Burroughs Mountain Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Greenwater , Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until November.

Length8.9 miElevation gain2,496 ftRoute typeOut & back
BackpackingCross-country skiingHikingWalkingForestLakeViewswild-flowersWildlifeFeeNo dogs
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Mount Rainier National Park charges a fee to enter. Fees are $30 per vehicle or $25 per motorcycle. If you are entering on foot, horse, or bike the fee is $15 per person. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $55.

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Jade Wilkinson
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

Start: 9 AM Duration: 4 hrs 19 mins 410 was closed so we drove Hwy 7 towards Packwood around the south side of Rainier. We hiked Saturday morning and the parking lot started with about 10 cars. Restrooms were decently clean near the trailhead. Weather was cool ~64F and eventually turned into blue skies. Hike was gorgeous but the wildflowers were gone. We did all three Burroughs and the trail became less crowded after the 2nd Burrough. If you have any energy left, complete the 3rd Burrough; the glacier was worthwhile. Bring plenty of water since it is a more difficult trek. Also, less than half of the groups wore masks.

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Robert Tindell
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HikingGreat!Snow

I did the loop trail, but it gave me credit for this too. Makes sense though. One of the best trails I have done so far. Must do!

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Fasseh Abdullahi
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Kendall Holt
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This is by far one of my favorites. Did sunrise rim trail and branched off to the second Burroughs then back down sunrise Rim trail on the backside. Did this Friday after Labor Day. Air was clear and views spectacular!

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Veronica Lambert
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Amanda Marler
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HikingBugsGreat!No shade

We did this hike in September on the Friday after Labor Day. Wildfires were raging all around but the air up there was clear. Unfortunately distant smoke obscured much of the far-off views. Rainier itself was still clear though. Because it was later in the season, a weekday, and smokey most other places, the trails were not busy. Because we had limited time for hiking, we decided to combine Fremont Lookout and the Burroughs. This hike pushed my limits of aerobic capacity, endurance, and strength. I’ve been hiking on and off for a little over 2 years but am still overweight and working towards greater fitness. Some people may label this hike as “moderate” but for me it was “hard.” I think it would have felt more worth the effort if the views had been more clear. The hazy smoke hanging over everything made it less impressive, although I still enjoyed them. I felt very close to the mountain at the terminus, although truthfully I felt closer when we did Skyline in Paradise. I agree with other reviewers though, you get to stare at Rainier a lot during this hike and the cracks and crevices visible on the glacier from the 3rd Burrough are very cool. We did see some mountain goats but they were unfortunately too far away for a really good view. Also saw one pika (heard a couple more), and of course tons of ground squirrels. *note, they’re cute, but please don’t feed them. They get aggressive and will bug people for food and sometimes even nip at them* We were also followed and pestered by bees the entire day. I do have one gripe about this route: no bathrooms at all. I know it must be hard to maintain them up here, but I really wish they could tuck one in somewhere along the way. Also, anyone who says something like “if you made it to 2nd Burroughs you might as well go on to 3rd cause most of the work is done,” is either high or lying. The trek up to 3rd is fairly steep and demanding, AND you have to climb back up to 2nd after that to return. It’s not a cake walk to add 3rd. Doesn’t mean it’s not worth it, but be aware and plan accordingly. If I were to do this again I def wouldn’t combine Fremont and all 3 Burroughs. It was just too strenuous and took too long (for me anyway).

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Mike Baldy
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HikingGreat!No shade

Went on the Saturday of Labor Day and hiked counter clockwise. Started at 8am and it wasn’t super crowded and had plenty of parking, but that didn’t last particularly long. We also added in the Fremont Trail, which is a worthwhile add. At the end of Second Burroughs, there’s another trail to the right that leads up to third Burroughs which is entirely worth it.

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Matt Schaller
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Emily Roensch
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Awesome! We just couldn’t get enough. We set out for a 6 mile hike and ended up doing close to 12. Whoops!

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Tharen McCoy
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Awesome very early morning hike to get views the whole way!!

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Amanda T.
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HikingBugsNo shadeRocky

You’ll get views of Mt Rainier nearly the entire time on this hike! Each Burrough was even more rewarding than the last so be sure to make it all the way to Burrough 3- you won’t regret it!! At the very end, you’ll be able to see the cracks and crevices within Emmons & Winthrop Glaciers directly on Mt Rainier- it was simply breathtaking. The first few miles of the hike were pretty packed with crowds of people but they slowly dispersed the further we went along so we were blessed enough to have the entire area of Burrough 3 to ourselves. It’s a bit buggy at each of the Burroughs so bring some bug spray; you’ll also need tons of sunscreen as there is hardly any shade the majority of the hike. Smooth, sandy path most of the way with the exception of it being rocky at the top of each Burrough.

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Emi S
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HikingGreat!No shade

Somewhat tough but a really great hike. Lots of ups and downs. A few rocky spots but nothing a few careful well-placed footsteps won’t be able to solve. No cover at all, fully exposed. A bit crowded until the first Burrough, then the traffic diminishes. At the last Burrough the view is spectacular, so well worth the efforts.

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Katie McGregor
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HikingBugsFeeGreat!No shadeRocky

Beautiful day up on the mountain and not too many people! We got to Sunrise around noon and there were plenty of parking spots. It was 75-ish degrees out so despite bringing plenty of water, we ran out of each of our 2 liters by the end. The trail has no shade so be prepared for a full day of exposure to the sun (wear sunscreen!). The road up to Sunrise is in good condition as usual, but be aware that there is road work going on until the end of September so be prepared for delays. Bugs weren't bad for the most part. First Burrough was fine but the second and third both had certain spots where bugs were pretty darn bad. Luckily these were avoidable and we just walked quickly to escape these areas. All in all, solid day, solid trail.

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Mikayla davis
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Gina Gentry
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Great views!

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Andrew Maasdam
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Great open range hike, 1st two peaks easy access, 3rd peak a little more difficult but just from elevation. Easy/Moderate hike.

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Sylvia Cook
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Beautiful sunny day 8/24/2020. Started at 8am and had perfect views of Rainier all the way. Wasn’t too crowded at this point, majority using Facebook coverings. That last push up the 3rd Burroughs was long, but worth it! Sweeping 360° views!! I took the loop down from Frozen lake past Shadow lake and the campground. Still lots of wildflowers. Sad to see a large family group picnicing on the closed off meadows at Shadow lake.... even though there are multiple signs in places for meadow restoration. Don’t be those people!!!!! Leave No Trace!!!

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