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Sunrise Rim Trail is a 5.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Packwood, Washington that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

Length 5.5 mi Elevation gain 1,115 ft Route type Loop
Kid friendly Camping Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife No dogs
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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.

The Sunrise Visitor Center is open daily from early July to early September and closed in winter. Visitors will find exhibits, guided interpretive programs, book sales, and a picnic area. The Sunrise Day Lodge, open from early July to late September, offers food service and a gift shop. There is no overnight lodging at the Sunrise Day Lodge. The White River Campground and picnic area is located 12 miles from the Sunrise Visitor Center. A National Parks Pass is required to enter the park. Or you can pay admission at the gate or use the Northwest Forest Pass.

Mount Rainier National Park 55210 238th Avenue East Ashford, WA 98304 Park Headquarters: 360-569-2211 Park Information: 360-569-6575 Mount Rainier National Park White River Wilderness Information Center 70004 Highway 410 East Enumclaw, WA 98022 Tel: 360.569.6030 Washington State Tourism, P.O. Box 42500 , Olympia, WA, 98504-2500, Phone: 360-586-2088, tobyg@tourism.wa.gov Reference: http://www.nps.gov/mora/planyourvisit/sunrise.htm

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. Sunrise is located 60 miles northeast of the Nisqually Entrance and 14 miles northwest of the Sunrise/White River turnoff on Highway 410. Directions from White River Entrance: Drive westward along White River Road 14 miles to the Sunrise Complex parking area. Several Sunrise trails share the same trailhead at the north end of the Sunrise parking area. Please note: off-trail hiking is not allowed in the Sunrise area, due to fragile, tundra-like plant life.

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Brian Goff
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Christy McIntyre
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HikingGreat!No shadeRocky

Moderate. Not a lot of shade. Beautiful scenery the whole way up. Super crowded and everyone wore a mask. It’s $30 to get into the park as well. Wish I would have stopped outside the gate and did a few outside trails, it seems the view of Mt Rainier is amazing from all angels surrounding. Even from the road.

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Zhipeng Zhao
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It's a great trail. We went there on 8/9, it had some snow in couple of sections. We went a bit extra to Burrough mountain, felt good about so close to the Rainier. There were also a few meadows with beautiful flowers.

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Remle Wilkerson
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Scenic drivingGreat!

Beautiful drive and beautiful views! We got there around 10:30, a Sunday hike on a holiday weekend, so there were a lot of people, but it seemed that there were enough trail options for people to explore that this trail didn’t seem too overly crowded. A few incline spots were difficult, so a moderate rating is accurate, but just take your time and know that the climb to the view of Mount Rainier is worth it!

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James Hughes
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Maui Paddler/Hiker
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Hong Nguyen
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HikingGreat!

It is a wonderful place at the top with many different beautiful sceneries. Awesome views all around. We went the opposite direction from the map so it was a little challenging with the gain in elevation. It was sunny and hot when going up, but at the top it was little chilly with the wind. It is our best hike so far!!!

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Mikayla davis
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Quinn & Alex
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HikingFeeGreat!Rocky

If you can go all the way to the Second Boroughs. The view of Mount Rainier is spectacular.

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Kearsha Kearsha jefferson
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this was the prettiest hike I EVER BEEN ON. lots of ppl tho.

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Elizabeth Stewart
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HikingNo shadeRocky

Beautiful backdrop from start to finish! A few short stretches up uphill, but very doable. Took us 3 hrs, taking it really slow with a 12 & 14 year old and stopping for lunch break.

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Jacob Gavre
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HikingGreat!

Great hike, great views. For a while on the way down the trail becomes pretty narrow along a steep rocky hill, very high up- Kinda sketchy but the view was amazing. Would recommend

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Jason Brescia
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Alexander Munro
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Great but crowded.

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Lovey Wilkins
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HikingGreat!RockyScramble

This trail definitely has the heights, thrill, fantastic views and wild flowers. We took this trail coming back the the Mountain Burroughs. So glad we did!!! We will be back again one day.

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Melinda Caluori
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Fantastic day up at Sunrise! This trail has it all, we had an absolutely beautiful day here yesterday. Spectacular Rainer views, glacier lake, herd of mountain goats, snow, amazing wildflower meadows, & forest lake for lunch. ( shadow lake, u do have to take a side path to get to lake but so worth it) There r lots of signs and different ways and distances marked which is very helpful. So if u want to make it a bit longer or shorter u can. The first mile of this trail ( until u get to frozen lake- going counter clockwise) is the same as the boroughs, Fremont lookout and some others so u have lots of options while out there. Also trail is wide enough for two so u can talk and not just go single file. We skipped the Boroughs portion of the loop ( steep, narrow I think) so ended up with 4.5 miles. No bugs, no lines to get into park, parking lot pretty crowded but not the trail. Restrooms at visitor center open as well as gift shop and grab and go snacks. We were there from 1pm -4:30pm. Go, u won’t regret it!

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Amy S
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Gorgeous views! We went yesterday when the temps reached the upper 90's - there's not much cover at all so bring plenty of water and sunscreen.

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Sierra Teadt
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Wesley Tsai
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HikingGreat!

Decently busy, good grand view, right next to Ranier so good view the entire time

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Marc Girardot
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Gorgeous! Did the full Sunrise Trail today with a 2.5 yr old using a backpack intermittently. Beautiful views of the Cascades, wildflowers everywhere, Mt. Rainier, etc - the list goes on. Wildlife included enterprising chipmunks and an ornery marmot.

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