Mount Fremont Lookout Trail

MODERATE 84 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

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
7 days 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.

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13 days ago

hiking
15 days 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
18 days ago

Great views, beautiful clear weather and friendly hikers.

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1 month 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.

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1 month ago

1 month 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.

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1 month ago

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

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2 months ago

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hiking
2 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!

hiking
2 months ago