Sunrise Rim Trail

EASY 24 reviews
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Sunrise Rim Trail is a 5.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Packwood, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
5.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1115 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

This nature trail is located at the Sunrise Visitor Center at Mt Rainier National Park, Washington. (Please note it is in an entirely different location than Paradise.) Great views of Mt Rainier, the Northern Cascades, the Tatoosh Range, etc. Moderate trail great for families, not accessible for limited mobility. Soil & loose gravel with steep drop offs in places as well as sensitive sub-alpine wildflower habitat (spring to late summer bloom) - keep kids close. The Sunrise Nature Trail traverses subalpine meadows just north of the Sunrise parking area. A gentle climb to the ridge top offers awesome breathtaking views of Mount Rainier, with Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, and Mount Adams in the distance. Stay on trail to protect fragile plants. Rocky Mountain goats can sometimes be seen along the trail. At an elevation of 6,400 feet, Sunrise is the highest point that can be reached by vehicle at Mount Rainier National Park. In summer, mountain meadows abound with wildflowers. On clear summer days, Sunrise provides breathtaking views of Mount Rainier, Emmons glacier, vibrant wildflower meadows. Sunrise Point offers nearly 360-degree views of the surrounding valleys, Mount Rainier, and other volcanoes in the Cascade Range such as Mount Adams. These views and an excellent trail system make Sunrise the second most visited location in the park. The Sunrise Road usually opens in late June or early July and closes in late September to early October. Check the road status before setting out.

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2 months ago

First half of the trail (going from the far side of the parking lot, NOT going up the hill behind the lodge) was beautiful - lots of trees, beautiful views. Starting up the Burroughs was nice, the scenic overlook alone is worth the trip. Continuing up the Burroughs was a different story. The trail gets narrow in spots, usually where the ground is entirely loose rocks, and quite a few of the other hikers were not too polite about us having a 1 year old on our back. We were bumped and forced off the trail more than a few times by other hikers that were blissfully unaware there was another human. Getting to the top of the second Burrough was tough, it was bleak tundra with a biting wind, and the trail was icy in a few spots. Coming down the backside the ice was even worse. Thankfully we had poles and crampons, or we would have had to turn around. All in all, a beautiful hike, but none of our group would have rated it ‘easy’ given the ice and loose rock underfoot. But the view was definitely worth it

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4 months ago

Amazing views of Mt Rainier on a fairly easy trail. Went on a clear day and could see for miles. July 29th, a tiny bit of snow, some bugs so you might want bug spray. Highly suggest this hike; one of my favorites.

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10 months ago

If you're on top of second Burroughs, I'd advise taking this way back to your car. Nice view of what I think is the carbon river as well as good views of cascades.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Easy hike, not much elevation but incredible views. Get there early on the weekend.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

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Monday, July 04, 2016

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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Loved it! Breathtaking views of the mountains!

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Friday, September 11, 2015

Outstanding, easy hike, especially on a clear day. Ours was the opposite of clear, but we still had a great time and the clouds made Rainier extra mysterious. Without the clouds, you'd have Rainier filling the sky most of the way. You get a little forests and a good amount of alpine meadows along the trail.

There are a couple route options, all of which are around 5 miles with about 1000 ft elevation change.

Thursday, September 10, 2015

easy trail with amazing views

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

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Sunday, August 23, 2015

Great evening hike. go up the Burroughs if you can, the views are amazing.

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Tuesday, August 04, 2015