Mount Fremont Lookout Trail

MODERATE 67 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
1184 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

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.

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10 days ago

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18 days 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!

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19 days ago

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25 days ago

25 days ago

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

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Relatively flat trail, beautiful views!

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1 month ago

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1 month 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
1 month 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.

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

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1 month ago

1 month ago

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

1 month 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
1 month ago

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

hiking
1 month ago

Easy hike, beautiful views on Mt Rainier.