Burroughs Mountain Trail

MODERATE 67 reviews
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Burroughs Mountain Trail is a 8.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Packwood, 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.

8.9 miles
2,496 feet
Out & Back



cross country skiing


nature trips





wild flowers



no dogs

12 days ago

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.

19 days ago

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!

1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

Fun Hike. Views of Mt. Rainier keep getting better and better, hike to third Burroughs if you can. No matter the temp in the valley bring a jacket and or a sweater, pretty chilly at top especially with the wind. Highly recommend.

2 months ago

Think of this trail as a trail with multiple options. The first part, up to Frozen Lake, was an easy hike, as long as you don't fear heights. From there, there are multiple options including Burroughs Mt. and a return loop to Sunrise. Then there are 3 peaks to Burroughs Mt. At the first peak you have an option to take another loop back to Sunrise, continue to peak 2 or turn around and return to Sunrise. The hike from Frozen Lake to Peak 1 is fairly steep and had some snow but nothing to worry about. Then you go down hill and back up to peak 2. The most difficult part of the hike was between peak 2 and 3. It was fairly steep and a couple of large snow fields. But the view at the top was worth the hike. Overall, I'm glad I did this hike and recommend it. But you should be in good shape. Some of the inclines are steep and challenging.

2 months ago

Wonderful afternoon hike on July 7th. Unfortunately we had to cut it short due to dinner plans so we turned around about half a mile past Frozen Lake. I intend to go back for the full course. What we did cover it was beautiful even though it was a bit overcast. It was moderately crowded with serious and tennis shoe hikers alike. Get there early to find parking. It gets full quickly on weekends.

2 months ago

Hiked to Burroughs II today. Had a few spots on the way up between Frozen Lake and the top of Burroughs 1 that you had to cross some snow but fairly easily handled with hiking boots and poles. Others were crossing in tennis shoes with little difficulty.

There was 2 places with snow between Burroughs 1 and 2. The second of those was wider and more difficult. We were able to navigate it but my 8 year old got nervous and said that he didn't want to do it again with snow like that.

Overall had a great time and you can't beat the views!

3 months ago

Saw goats and snow....

11 months ago

This is the same trail as the Burroughs Mountain Loop Trail, so I will repeat my review here: I combined this hike with Fremont Lookout Trail. The signage is good and the trails are easy to follow. The Frozen Lake wasn't a lake when I was there, so it confused me to thinking I was on the wrong trail, but the signs straightened me out :) I hiked to the first and second Burroughs to catch a view of the glacier at a wonderful overlook to eat lunch. The trail to get up the Burroughs is steadily steep and you're walking on shale rock that can easily slip beneath your feet. It's definitely a heart-pumper! From the visitor center most of the trail is in the sun and above tree line, so bring hat, sunscreen, and water. Totally doable if you are used to hiking distances.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Mount Rainier is in view almost the entire way. the view at the end is worth it.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

This turned out to be one of the best hikes of our vacation in the Pacific Northwest. We had a beautiful day and the views were really great. I thought it was challenging enough to not be boring! We made it the 2nd Burroughs before making the loop back. Definitely recommend!

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

We were there Sunday and this is my all time favorite hike! Highly recommend!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

The weather wasn't all that great to begin with, however my husband and I made the best of it.

Starting through Mt Rainer National park and entrancing to the "Burroughs Trail."

Beautiful views, absolutely beautiful.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Amazing view on the mountain! My favorite in this national park (even if there's a lot of traffic on trail ...!)

Friday, July 28, 2017

One of my new favorites . Hiked 7/27 good weather Great views .

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Hiked to the 3rd Burroughs on 7/25/17. Excellent hike, had a few snow fields to cross but not bad. Trekking poles did come in handy when crossing the snow fields. (Especially on the way to the 1st Burroughs.) Did the loop on the way back, hardly saw anyone (on the loop) until we got closer to the parking area. Saw 2 different groups of goats along the way, marmots, chipmunks and even a raven up at the top of the 3rd Burroughs. Many flowers are in bloom and many more that should be blooming soon. Wonderful views all along the trail!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Hiked to 3rd Burroughs 7/11/17 via Sourdough Ridge on the way out and Sunrise Rim on the return. Two sloped snowfields to cross prior to 1st Burrough that are steep enough that good hiking boots with traction are necessary and trekking poles would be a good idea. An ice axe would be a nice backup if you slip. Above the 1st Burrough trail is still snow covered in places and difficult to find/follow and especially above the 2nd Burrough even harder to follow. Trail on top of the 3rd Burrough is clear of snow with lots of low growing flowers. Spectacular views from the top! Goats, marmots, chipmunks, ravens, and even a fox added to the adventure. Many flowers are still in the bud stage and haven't bloomed yet, the low growing ones are definitely in full bloom.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Beautiful hike and amazing view of Rainier. Saw 40-50 mountain goats from the top of the mountain. Used to be grandmas favorite hike

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

wonderful hike!

Monday, September 26, 2016

I recommend making it to the third. I met a group of mountain goats between the second and the third Burroughs. When you reach the third you will feel like you can touch MT rainier definitely worth the effort. I completed the loop and reached Fremont lookout on the same day. Beautiful mountain.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Made the hike today to the first Burrough and it was beautiful. So different than most hikes as it looks like another planet at the top. Clear, sunny and it was a great day to be up at the mountain.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Took Sourdough out to first Burroughs, which offered a very nice view of Rainier and the surrounding valley. There was some snow on the ground at the end of September, and the wind was very cold once we got to the top! I wish we could have gone on further; the view was incredible.

Monday, August 17, 2015

This was a spectacular hike! Definitely make it all the way to the third Burroughs as the view of Mount Rainier is breathtaking! It is the closest you can get to the summit without climbing gear. The hike itself is easy-moderate with a decent elevation gain. Beautiful meadows, vast tundra, and wildlife can be seen along the way. I will definitely be coming back!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

2nd Burroughs Mtn is one of the best places to see the sunrise. No roads are in view and no car noise can be heard. The trail is in great shape. I came across a herd of 35 plus Mtn Goats.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Took Sunrise Trail to the 2nd Burroughs and came back along the Sunrise Rim Trail (about 7-ish miles). Lots of elevation gains to get the blood pumping but don't let that scare you -- I saw a fair amount of kiddos and a lot of older adults with poles crushing it out there. Sunrise Rim Trail can get a little narrow with steep, rocky drop-offs so you might want to consider taking your small kiddies back the way you came up if they tend to go barreling down trails way ahead of you. Great views of Mt. Rainier all along the way when the weather cooperates and very nice, informative staff.

Friday, September 05, 2014

9/4: Another great day on the mountain. Light foot traffic, and temps in the mid 60's. A few clouds started to roll in as we made it back to the car. Stopped at second Burroughs, gonna have to wait on third for another day.

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

By far my favorite!! Beautiful view of the Mountain that day! Lucky! Flowers were not out this time of year but it didn't matter it was so pretty. Great work out and the very blue lake we found next to the White river was breadth taking!! Highly recommend
this hike!

Sunday, August 24, 2014

08-23-14 - Fantastic hike. No bugs for some reason. Saw a family of mt goats coming off the mountain as I was headed up. I started at the White River Campground and took the Glacier Basin trail to the trail heading up the mountain to the Burroughs, then around Shadow Lake and down again on the Wonderland Trail. That's a tough hike, so if you want to do the loop like I did then you might want to reverse the route. Lots of tourist bus crowds if you hit the timing wrong. Get there early to avoid it.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Nice sunny day with enough wind to keep us cool and bugs off the trail. Went with the nephews and niece and only got to first Burroughs point, still got great views of Mt Rainier from Sunrise parking lot to our turn around point. Will definitely come up a few times this summer to try going to further and try out Mt Fremont lookout. Saw a friendly marmot on our way down that had the kids excited for walking soo far.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Be in good shape, I did 10 miles, round trip, starting from Sunrise parking lot and go up for 5 miles and 7500 feet high, a lot snow total round trip 7-1/2 hours

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