Mount Fremont Lookout Trail

MODERATE 85 reviews

Mount Fremont Lookout Trail is a 5.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Parkwood, Washington that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from April until September.

DISTANCE
5.7 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1007 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

rocky

no shade

no dogs

From Puyallup, east 52 miles on Highway 410 to Sunrise Road in Mount Rainier National Park. Turn right and drive 15 miles to the trailhead at Sunrise Visitor Center.

hiking
2 months ago

The trail to the outlook is on the edge of the mountain that can seem kind of sketchy if you have an issue with heights, but I recommend it since it gives you a different viewpoint of Rainier and the surrounding mountains and valleys. 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 also hiked to the first and second Burroughs to catch a view of the glacier at a wonderful overlook to eat lunch. Most of the trail is in the sun and above tree line, so bring hat, sunscreen, and water. Totally doable by yourself if you are used to hiking distances.

hiking
2 months ago

Started with this trail as the goal, had to change plans after reaching frozen lake! Excessive snow and clouds so low making visibility a real issue.

But did the Burroughs trail instead and loved it!

hiking
2 months ago

Great views, beautiful clear weather and friendly hikers.

3 months ago

One of the best views in the park! Great spot for a beautiful sunrise/sunset on the mountain. Not too bad of a hike to get there either.

3 months ago

One of my favs. Did this on Friday under great weather conditions about 72 degrees. Some smoke haze looking out towards Seattle but with binoculars you could see limited Seattle tall buildings.
About 19 goats just above the trail between Frozen Lake and the first turn on the transiting trail. Lots of people on the trail. Probably close to a hundred. The trail is rock strewn so best to wear a stiff sole hiking boot or you will feel the rocks by the end of the hike. It's a lot of uphill but a lot to look at going booth ways. Binoculars and a camera a must.

hiking
3 months ago

Fantastic views. Bordering to easy when no snow. Recommend hiking boots. Would do again.

hiking
4 months ago

Absolutely stunning views, but after reading previous reviews saying it was "easy", I question what people mean by easy. There are many paths from the parking area, and we took the Sourdough Ridge one that connected to our trail to connect to the Fremont Trail. This adds a few miles to the journey, making the hike closer to 7.5 miles.

There are sections near the top that traverse narrow, rocky terrain cut into side of mountain. I cannot possibly imagine tackling that when there is still snow on ground, and that is why I probably don't climb mountains as a hobby and just stick to weekend hiking! If you bring young kids on this adventure, please use caution.

There were massive delays getting through the gates of Mt. Rainier park. Almost an hour and a half delay of cars that were letting one in at a time as cars were leaving park. Go early. You will need National Park Pass, which we were trying to purchase but their computer was down temporarily for credit card/debit card processing.

Also make sure you bring enough water and food. The snack shop in Sunrise lot has a nice water refilling station and gift shop. We were hoping to stop by before leaving, but closed at 7 pm.

Quite a lot of bugs, so bring bug spray. Mostly full sun exposure on hike, sunscreen and hat recommended. We wore tennis shoes but honestly should have worn hiking boots for traction on the rocks.

I would urge poles or a walking stick especially with the rockiness on the ledge. If you are trekking up closer to dusk, a headlamp would be essential. I saw a family with a stroller heading up as we were heading down - this is not a stroller friendly adventure!

Seriously, the views are panoramic everywhere you look. It is fantastic. Absolutely felt like the Swiss Alps and not Washington state!

4 months ago

Beautiful area. The hike was decent, had a wonderful adventure. Definitely one to take your time and enjoy the views.

hiking
5 months ago

Relatively flat trail, beautiful views!

5 months ago

Hiked on the Fourth of July. Stunning views the whole way up. Lots of people and still quiet a bit of snow in some spots. Make sure to bring a camera and lots of water!

hiking
5 months ago

Seriously stunning views the whole way! Went on a sunny Saturday, got there around 9am and it wasn't crowded. Make sure you go early, bc the crowd started building up on my way down. Round trip: ~2.5-3 hours with multiple breaks. PLEASE, PLEASE BRING BUG SPRAY. Massive bugs on the way up near the lookout house - we couldn't stay even a few minutes to enjoy the view because of this.

5 months ago

There's gorgeous views from the trailhead to the lookout. Definitely did not disappoint. Gets crowded quick, so go early!

5 months ago

Hiked this on the 4th of July and had an amazing time. Breathtaking views. Some snow.

5 months ago

Great hike. Stunning views. Easy hiking, only snow was right before getting up to Frozen Lake. Other than that nothing hard! Beware of bugs at the lookout. They swarm you even when there's a light breeze. Take bug spray!

hiking
5 months ago

About the best view I've ever seen of mt. Rainier, amazing volunteers helping out!

hiking
5 months ago

Easy hike, beautiful views on Mt Rainier.

hiking
5 months ago

Went Sunday (2 July 2017) and it was an amazing day. Clear, sunny skies. There were quite a few snowy areas along the Sourdough Ridge/Frozen Lake areas prior to the lookout trailhead that were a little sketchy. However, the Mount Freemont Lookout Trail was pretty clear with a small patch of snow toward the end of the trail. All in all, amazing hike.

hiking
5 months ago

It's a good hike and totally worth it because the views are amazing!
The trail still has a lot of snow that you will need too cross in order to make to the look out tower.

Just keep in mind that this is a VERY busy trail on sunny days... Today there were afew hundred people hiking in different directions...

5 months ago

Amazing views! Took us a fair amount of time to get through snow patches but well worth the treck!

5 months ago

Fairly easy hike for the experienced hiker. The views at the top were well worth the drive there !

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