Hiking Project Logo

gem icon Sunrise Park and Emmons Vista Overlook [Suggest Edits]

15 votes
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Description

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, and 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.

Short Walk: Sunrise is located 60 miles northeast of the Nisqually Entrance and 14 miles northwest of the Sunrise/White River turnoff on Highway 410.

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.

Family Friendly: Pick your adventure at Sunrise: Soak in the views from the parking lot, stroll over to Emmons Vista Overlook or embark on a longer hike.

Gem Type: Viewpoint

Shared by:
Brian Smith

0 Comments

You & This Gem


Rate Quality


   Clear Rating

Share This Gem

Check In

Check-Ins

Sep 27, 2019
Megan Chiasson
Sep 19, 2019
Tom Herr
Beautiful view of mountains, glaciers, valleys and streams. Just off the parking lot.
Sep 8, 2019
Joe Leone
Aug 17, 2019
Alex Switzer
Nice
Aug 13, 2019
Jennie Cheng
Aug 3, 2019
Rheagan Timmerman
Jul 28, 2019
Lynn Sesily
driving to it, checking in before we lose cell reception!
Jul 22, 2019
Patrick McIlmoyle

Nearby Gems

gem Favorite Hikers walk on the trail that leads to the Grove of the Patriarchs.

Grove of the Patriarchs

(24) Eatonville, WA
gem Favorite September morning at Reflection Lake in Mt Rainier National Park.

Reflection Lakes

(21) Eatonville, WA
gem Favorite Spray Falls

Spray Falls

(11) Eatonville, WA
gem Favorite Hiker looking out from Panorama Point while cresting the Skyline Trail. Mount St. Helens looms in the distance.

Panorama Point

(15) Eatonville, WA
gem Favorite Comet Falls, Mt Rainier National Park

Comet Falls

(15) Eatonville, WA
gem Favorite Looking toward the Nisqually Glacier from the Glacier Vista Trail.

Nisqually Glacier Vista

(15) Greenwater, WA
gem Favorite Mt Rainier and Third Burroughs Mt

Burroughs Mountain

(5) Greenwater, WA
gem Favorite Views from Echo and Observation Rocks, with the odd mix of red pumice and black stone.

Echo and Observation Rock

(1) Eatonville, WA

Nearby Trails

5.3 mi 8.6 km Skyline Trail
Intermediate
Eatonville, WA
Intermediate
5.3 mi 8.6 km Eatonville, WA
All Clear
Update
31 days ago
83 
5.6 mi 9.0 km Tolmie Peak
Intermediate
Eatonville, WA
Intermediate
5.6 mi 9.0 km Eatonville, WA
All Clear
Update
Dry
50 days ago
37 
3.6 mi 5.9 km Naches Peak Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Eatonville, WA
Easy/Intermediate
3.6 mi 5.9 km Eatonville, WA
All Clear
Update
Dry
63 days ago
32 
83.5 mi 134.4 km Wonderland Trail
Difficult
Eatonville, WA
Difficult
83.5 mi 134.4 km Eatonville, WA
All Clear
Update
Dry
45 days ago
28 
6.5 mi 10.5 km Spray Park
Intermediate/Difficult
Eatonville, WA
Intermediate/Difficult
6.5 mi 10.5 km Eatonville, WA
All Clear
Update
Some Mud - Some muddy spots but easy enough to navigate. Wear good shoes.
87 days ago
21 
8.8 mi 14.1 km Camp Muir
Difficult
Eatonville, WA
Difficult
8.8 mi 14.1 km Eatonville, WA
Unknown
Update
20 
4.6 mi 7.4 km Comet Falls
Intermediate/Difficult
Eatonville, WA
Intermediate/Difficult
4.6 mi 7.4 km Eatonville, WA
Unknown
Update
21 
0.3 mi 0.5 km Grove of the Patriarchs
Easy
Eatonville, WA
Easy
0.3 mi 0.5 km Eatonville, WA
All Clear
Update
Muddy
92 days ago
21 
6.0 mi 9.7 km Mount Fremont
Intermediate
Eatonville, WA
Intermediate
6.0 mi 9.7 km Eatonville, WA
All Clear
Update
Dry
82 days ago
15 
3.3 mi 5.3 km Pinnacle Peak
Intermediate/Difficult
Eatonville, WA
Intermediate/Difficult
3.3 mi 5.3 km Eatonville, WA
All Clear
Update
Patchy snow
95 days ago
13 
Shared by Brian Smith on Aug 18, 2015. All Page Views: 1,035. Last Month: 13.