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Fun Hike. Views of Mt. Rainier keep getting better and better, hike to third Burroughs if you can. No matter the temp in the valley bring a jacket and or a sweater, pretty chilly at top especially with the wind. Highly recommend.

Think of this trail as a trail with multiple options. The first part, up to Frozen Lake, was an easy hike, as long as you don't fear heights. From there, there are multiple options including Burroughs Mt. and a return loop to Sunrise. Then there are 3 peaks to Burroughs Mt. At the first peak you have an option to take another loop back to Sunrise, continue to peak 2 or turn around and return to Sunrise. The hike from Frozen Lake to Peak 1 is fairly steep and had some snow but nothing to worry about. Then you go down hill and back up to peak 2. The most difficult part of the hike was between peak 2 and 3. It was fairly steep and a couple of large snow fields. But the view at the top was worth the hike. Overall, I'm glad I did this hike and recommend it. But you should be in good shape. Some of the inclines are steep and challenging.

mountain biking
7 days ago

Although I have lived around here for 25 years, this was the first time I noticed it on the map and decided to go check it out. What a great surprise! I parked on Skate Creek Road and rode a bike to the trailhead. The trailhead is clearly marked and the entire length of the trail is well-delineated and easy to follow. It traverses through many different types of forests (reproduction, old growth, second growth) and has a really nice character to it. I rode it on my bike. It was strenuous to ride uphill, but I only needed to come out of the pedals 3-4 times on the way up. There are some good views near the top. The ride down was great. It wasn't just a complete brake-riding experience on the way down. The trail was narrow, but had a nice flow. It would make a great traverse to continue to the Allen Mountain trail, then the Sawtooth trail out Osbourne Mountain. Take a lunch on that one. - Stefan

Beautiful hike! We hit some pretty bad mosquitoes while down in the trees, but they were absent up in the meadows and higher.
Great views, fun glissading, a chilly polar plunge and very patient Park Rangers made for a very rewarding hike.

Wonderful afternoon hike on July 7th. Unfortunately we had to cut it short due to dinner plans so we turned around about half a mile past Frozen Lake. I intend to go back for the full course. What we did cover it was beautiful even though it was a bit overcast. It was moderately crowded with serious and tennis shoe hikers alike. Get there early to find parking. It gets full quickly on weekends.

7/6/2018 Incredible loop, my son and I hiked in from Berry Patch trailhead to Goat Lake with an overnight at Jordan Basin. The second day we went up to Hawkeye Point in the morning, then trotted the 4 miles back from camp to Berry Patch in the afternoon.

There is still a lot of snow: Goat Lake was still frozen over, with melt along the edges, and the campsites there were still in snow. The way from the Bypass Trail to Goat Lake was about 40-50% over snow, but easily navigable, with many short snow bridges over the numerous runoff streams. The scenery is magnificent as you come out above timberline on the Lily Basin Trail after the Snowgrass veers east to join the PCT. Enough wildflowers were out to provide constant interest. Camp at Jordan Basin was beautiful, with a view south to Mount Adams and water at the doorstep; we were alone except for a solo camper and several marmots. A cold night with a bit of skim ice on the water when we awoke.

The morning hike to Hawkeye (about 1,000 vertical from Jordan) was beautiful, with one long snow ridge (again, easily manageable). From Hawkeye we had a magnificent view taking in Rainier, Adams, the tip of Hood, and Mount St. Helens, only this last shrouded in clouds. Goat Lake is directly below.

The trail back to Berry Patch is a pleasant gradual descent through Jordan Basin and then into forest. Really an extraordinary hike, strenuous but not desperate on the way to Goat Lake.

Hiked to Burroughs II today. Had a few spots on the way up between Frozen Lake and the top of Burroughs 1 that you had to cross some snow but fairly easily handled with hiking boots and poles. Others were crossing in tennis shoes with little difficulty.

There was 2 places with snow between Burroughs 1 and 2. The second of those was wider and more difficult. We were able to navigate it but my 8 year old got nervous and said that he didn't want to do it again with snow like that.

Overall had a great time and you can't beat the views!

Loved it. Beautiful scenery all around! We went early September so we just missed the wildflowers, but it was still amazing.

6/16 - attempted to backpack this and there is more snow up there than I thought there'd be. 6+ ft of snow by the time you approach snow glass flats. More snow the further elevation you gain. Packed in pretty well, but we got hit with hard rain and the temp dropped quickly, so we hiked back out.

I went in late July and I can say that this is not for the inexperienced hiker, but a great first backpacking trip. I've not seen anywhere more gorgeous than this place in my 10 years in the Pacific Northwest. The scenery is breathtaking and diverse and I've never seen so many colorful wildflowers anywhere else.

DOG OWNERS BEWARE: there is snow traversing and swift creek crossings where the snow has created a bridge over the creeks, so if your pup slips in they might not get out. I have small dogs and I highly recommend a Ruffwear harness with a handle so you can (gently) toss your pups over to the other side while keeping them leashed (and keeping the leash snug around your wrist), just in case they do stumble in (also don't rely on the clipped part of the leash to stay fastened if this happens, tie the leash tight to the harness, and honestly small rope is preferred to a leash in this scenario).

Don't miss the view at the Goat Ridge lookout but BRING BUG SPRAY. There are mosquitoes all over the place, especially at many of the campsites, but the mosquitoes at the Goat Ridge lookout were intense. Totally worth it though because the views are great and also a great place to set up shop.

Saw goats and snow....

Made it to Summerland but be prepared for snow. No good for running shoes right now as what snow is there is melting. Wet wet wet. I definitely plan on coming back after the melt to get the full experience.

This is the summer land trail, lots of snow still in late May. Great workout, great views, would recommend.

6 months ago

Lots of snow, had to park on the main road and hike to the TH. Trail was untouched with deep snow in some areas, easy to navigate still. snowshoes would be highly recommended!

This is the same trail as the Burroughs Mountain Loop Trail, so I will repeat my review here: I combined this hike with Fremont Lookout Trail. 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 hiked to the first and second Burroughs to catch a view of the glacier at a wonderful overlook to eat lunch. The trail to get up the Burroughs is steadily steep and you're walking on shale rock that can easily slip beneath your feet. It's definitely a heart-pumper! From the visitor center most of the trail is in the sun and above tree line, so bring hat, sunscreen, and water. Totally doable if you are used to hiking distances.

Did this loop with some friends in July. I want to do it again this month!!!

Totally worth the steep hike. The views were phenomenal, with a gorgeous field of wildflowers at summer-land and goats and snowy peaks at panhandle gap.

Mount Rainier is in view almost the entire way. the view at the end is worth it.

Crowded but worth the trip! Amazing views from Goat Lake.

10 months ago

This turned out to be one of the best hikes of our vacation in the Pacific Northwest. We had a beautiful day and the views were really great. I thought it was challenging enough to not be boring! We made it the 2nd Burroughs before making the loop back. Definitely recommend!

We were there Sunday and this is my all time favorite hike! Highly recommend!

The weather wasn't all that great to begin with, however my husband and I made the best of it.

Starting through Mt Rainer National park and entrancing to the "Burroughs Trail."

Beautiful views, absolutely beautiful.

Amazing view on the mountain! My favorite in this national park (even if there's a lot of traffic on trail ...!)

Did a day hike to Snowgrass Flats and almost to Goat Lake before having to return. The road is in good shape except for some washboard areas. Trail in good condition, but a fair amount of traffic for a Wednesday. Wildflowers are in full bloom.

One of my new favorites . Hiked 7/27 good weather Great views .

Hiked to the 3rd Burroughs on 7/25/17. Excellent hike, had a few snow fields to cross but not bad. Trekking poles did come in handy when crossing the snow fields. (Especially on the way to the 1st Burroughs.) Did the loop on the way back, hardly saw anyone (on the loop) until we got closer to the parking area. Saw 2 different groups of goats along the way, marmots, chipmunks and even a raven up at the top of the 3rd Burroughs. Many flowers are in bloom and many more that should be blooming soon. Wonderful views all along the trail!

this was a amazing hike, makes you feel on top of the world, nice & clean little camp spots. its a must backpacking trip.

This was a great hike!! Loved the views they where amazing!! Will definitely do this hike again!!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Good amount snow on the last bit on top, poles are extremely helpful. There were a few people on the trail, mostly at the camp however we started earlier and had an overall 'quiet' hike. The view from the very top is worth the entire hike up. We started at 8:30 and it took as about 3.5 hours to the top. It was one of the best hikes I've done so far.

While you must cross a few snow patches, they are not a problem if you walk where others have walked. This is a gorgeous hike. I camped at Goat Lake (still frozen), where there are 5-6 very nice flat campsites nearby that have no snow. I also hiked on the Lily Flats trail up to the ridge above Goat Lake. Spectacular view from there of Mount Rainier, as well as views of St. Helens, Adams, and even the tip of Hood. One nice thing is, that though there are mosquitos at the trailhead, once you get about 1000 feet higher, there are none!

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