Explore the most popular hiking trails near Sunrise with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

in early August, the wildflowers are amazing. The mountain is as big as life. Marmots amusing.

Beautiful Hike. Hiked from Crystal Mountain Resort, to the PCT then up to Sourdough Gap ( GREAT views of MT. Rainier!! ) then down to Crystal Lake (The upper lake) Beautiful scenery, deer everywhere, great place to backpack.

Nice trail, kind of far from the view of the lake though. Wish there was a way to get closer

Great hike with some good weather. Clear view of Mt Rainier.

One of my favorite hikes. Summerland, in early August, is splendid with wildflowers of all colors and a refreshing, cold, beautiful stream.

Beautiful trail first 2 miles easy then next 2 were tough in snow stooped at the group cabin and made awesome cup of coffee and enjoyed the view with the sun shining in my face

Amazing view of Rainer at the top. Little bit icy the last quarter but manageable. Highly recommend

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.

Absolutely beautiful, you almost hike up on a cliff trail, with the glacier tops on one side and green lush on the other! Get closest to Mt. Rainier to admire the vertical height of it.
You'll reach a flat land when you reach the end of this trail and it's the most beautiful spot to tent out!
It was snowing and had mixed views when I went up there, but still quite grand!

We hiked all the way to the 3rd burrough. It was a very fun hike but the last burrough was steep

We hiked all the way to the 3rd burrough. It was a very fun hike but the last burrough was steep

Awesome hike. The trail is moderate. It can get a little cold up by Burroughs 2. It was a little hazy from the smoke today but still worth it.

9 months ago

I have hiked this trail multiple times. Once as part of the Wonderland Trail and other times just by itself for an overnight camping trip. Trail is beautiful with jaw dropping scenery. Lots of wildlife to see. I highly recommend this trail for its beauty. One of my favorite camps on the Wonderland Trail! The first time I stayed in the 3-sided group shelter and it was a full moon. Woke up to the sun coming up and warming me up in my tent. During the night a huge elk was wandering around next to my camp and was so beautiful to see.

9 months ago

Beautiful day; the trail was very well maintained and not too difficult. I took my teenage son who was very reluctant but this adventure has definitely changed his tune!

9 months ago

While All Trails lists this as an easy hike, I beg to differ. With the reverse elevation gain, it's pretty strenuous for those not in peak physical condition. This was my longest hike after two knee replacements, so the whole hike took me seven hours to complete. That said, it was gorgeous and I hiked it during peak wildflower blooms!

Amazing trail! Goes right into the heart of Rainier. Small Advice - Do in counter clockwise way to get good sunlight for photography, less hectic and you can rejuvinate in a beautiful lake at the end after all the hard work :) Must go...

This trail was amazing. I'll be back soon.

Great hike! We did it with 2 kids

Fantastic hike! We did both the Peak and Lakes to Sourdough Gap in one day easy. In mid August and swimming in the upper lake was an absolutely refreshing complement to the hike! Would definitely do it again.

Also check out "Sourdough Gap to Crystal Lakes" on the Visit Rainier site. Covers even more terrain.

10 months ago

absolutely breathtaking. my husband and I hiked the entire out in back in one day and enjoyed it immensely. the trail has a variety of inclines and declines throughout making it challenging with nice break periods. the meadows were buzzing and a spectacular purple, covered in loupine. ran into 3 sets of hikers that day. had lunch at palisades lake and visited with campers. start early in the day if you have bad knees like me. while we had no wildlife encounters (except for horse flies), we saw bear, marmot and deer tracks.

Beautiful hike. I did the loop counter-clockwise going from the parking lot, along Sourdough Ridge trail, past Frozen Lake, up to the First and Second Burroughs. I did not go to the Third because #1, there was a snowfield to cross, and #2, I am a big girl and I was ready to head back after the second peak. On the way back I took the Sunrise Rim trail to get different scenery, and I am glad I did. I spotted a White Barred Owl along the trail!! It took me about 5 hours to do the loop, but that includes the 30-45 minutes of relaxing at the second peak that I did.

10 months ago

We began our hike to Burroughs 2 via Sunrise Rim trail which is designated as moderate but in our view it was somewhere in between moderate and easy. In spite of the BC fires visibility was still very good. The vistas along the way are amazing. Taking the sunrise rim trail provided some shade coverage. The hike was a gradual climb all the way to Burroughs 2. We think back now and tell ourselves why didn't we continue to Burroughs 3. Our suggestion is to leave time enough to complete Burroughs 3. Yesterday you could see patches of snow still remaining even with 80 degree tempts. the views of the eastern side on Mount Rainier where second to none.
We descended via Frozen Lake and Sourdough which was a gradual decent with Mount Rainier to our back and views of the valley below as you approached the visitors center. Highly recommend this hike. Plan ahead and arrive early to begin the hike.

Amazing view of Mt. Rainier from the top! You are super close to the mountain and it is amazing! Just did it today and visibility was pretty good considering the smoke that still lingers from the Canada Wildfires. We could see most of the peaks that were close by and the top of Rainier unil around 3 when it started to get more hazy.

My son and I thoroughly enjoyed this trail (with the exception of the bugs, horseflies in general). We hiked up to Hidden Lake rather than Lower Palisades Lake. A really beautiful alternative on this hike!

Tough trail towards the end. The view from the second burrough is incredible but it's even better if you hike all the way to the third burrough!


trail is very maintained. no snow. we got to the trail head around 7:30 . we saw NO ONE the whole hike up. there were some people camped at the lower lake, we went the extra .5 miles to the upper lake. lake is beautiful, but TONS of bugs. bring bug spray. overall a great hike. mostly uphill. we brought a 5 year old and she did great. will do the peak next time!

The view is well worth the hike! Highly suggest extending your hike up to Sourdough Gap for a view of Mt Rainier!

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