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Burroughs Mountain Trail

MODERATE 94 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.

Distance: 8.9 miles Elevation Gain: 2,496 feet Route Type: Out & Back

backpacking

cross country skiing

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

no dogs

hiking
21 days ago

Stunning views the whole way! Major pay off after the third Burrough. Highly recommend.

hiking
bugs
no shade
rocky
snow
26 days ago

hiking
rocky
29 days ago

Great trail. We saw 2 grizzly bears on the way up, one black bear on the way down, some bald eagles, and and elk. It was sunny skies with spectacular views.

hiking
muddy
rocky
scramble
1 month ago

Marmots, mist, moody and marvelous! Too cloudy to see Rainier but spectacular nonetheless. Started at White River campground via Glacier Basin trail and then took the fork after 2.4 miles to hop on Burroughs Mountain trail (labeled “Sunrise in ‘5 miles’”). Once you make it to fork a mile later where there is minimal vegetation, make sure to turn left if you want to hike the 3rd burrough otherwise it takes you to 2nd burrough.

hiking
no shade
1 month ago

Stunning views of Rainier throughout!

hiking
1 month ago

Stunning views the whole way. Very exposed so remember water, sunblock, etc. Elevation gain offset by some downs, which was great - but means up on the way back. Seemed pretty moderate, and not too tough.

hiking
2 months ago

Very scenic beautiful views

hiking
2 months ago

Very scenic beautiful views

hiking
2 months ago

Very scenic beautiful views

hiking
no shade
snow
2 months ago

hiking
no shade
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

hiking
bugs
rocky
2 months ago

hiking
bugs
no shade
2 months ago

Hiked this trail on a Monday morning (8/5/19) and we reached the sunrise road by 7:30 AM and the ranger wasn’t in the manned booth to sell passes until 8:00 AM (the credit card pay station wasn’t working). When we reached the parking lot, it was probably 45% full. There were a few people hiking the sunrise trail, but when we split off to the Burroughs, we only encountered a couple people on their way back every now and then (by 9 AM). Other than that, it almost felt like we had the trail to ourselves. Everyone tends to stop at the 2nd Burroughs because the views are amazing, but you get the full deal at the 3rd Burroughs. By about noon there was a swarm of lady bugs at both the second and third Burroughs, and when I say swarm, it was a legit swarm. Thankfully they don’t bite, but bug spray doesn’t keep them off of you. I wouldn’t say this trail is very hard at all for being an avid hiker. The trail itself is mainly dirt and some rocks. Cheers!

hiking
no shade
rocky
snow
2 months ago

One of the best hikes I’ve done, great views of the glaciers and views of the Mt you don’t get on any other hike. Well worth the push to 3rd Burroughs Mt , don’t whimp out you’ll regret it later looking at others pics.

hiking
no shade
2 months ago

Amazing views the whole time, no matter which direction you look. When you get to 2nd Burroughs, the 3rd higher point looks further away than it really is, so it is worth the extra bit and you’ll get there more quickly than you might think. Did the trip with 12-year-old and 14-year-old; if your kids are safe hikers and experienced with elevation gain, this is pre-teen friendly for sure. Biggest advice: hit the trail early and on a clear day. By the time we left Sunrise (on a Thursday, ~830am after driving up from Portland) the trail was already busy, but thinned out quickly after the first mile. By the time we were heading back midday the trail from Sunrise to 1st was ridiculously packed...we’re talking easily a couple hundred people coming up as we headed down.

hiking
no shade
rocky
snow
2 months ago

My favorite hike so far! Jaw dropping views. The view of MT. Rainier on a semi clear day to clear day is out of this world. I recommend this hike to anyone. Make sure you have hiking sticks, there are patches of snow on parts of the trail and can make it a bit dangerous on the narrow trail leading up from frozen lake to the fist Burroughs.

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