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Sourdough Ridge

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (6)

A beautiful ridge top trail with views and wildflowers abound.


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4.2

Miles

6.7

KM

Point to Point

6,812' 2,076 m

High

6,131' 1,869 m

Low

1,006' 307 m

Up

367' 112 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

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Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Enjoy the beautiful subalpine meadows of the Sunrise area. A gentle climb to the ridge top offers breathtaking views of Mount Rainier, with Mount Baker, Glacier Peak, and Mount Adams in the distance.

Description

From the Sunrise Point parking area, this trail ascends gradually for 0.5 miles and then steeply for another 0.51 miles to gain the ridge above the road. Once atop the ridge, the trail undulates as it traverses to the west passing below Deer and Antler Peaks along the way.

Views of the White River Valley, Rainier and lush green surroundings abound. Eventually, the Sourdough Ridge Connector will spur off to the left (south) followed shortly thereafter by another Sourdough Ridge Connector. Both trails lead to the Sunrise parking, camping and visitor areas.

At mile 3.3, the Huckleberry Creek Trail will branch off to the right (north) and descend steeply from the ridge. The final stretch of Sourdough Ridge Trail descends and contours to Frozen Lake. From here, you have many options: take the Wonderland Trail back to Sunrise, follow Mount Fremont Trail to the fire tower, or wander up to the Burroughs Mountain Trail via the North Burroughs Mountain Trail.

Flora & Fauna

Sourdough Ridge is dominated by subalpine meadows that are ablaze with wildflowers in the summer.

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Shared By:

Brian Smith

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 6 votes

#8

in Sunrise

#6675

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#8

in Sunrise

#318

in Washington

#6,675

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Photos

A backpacker heads across Sourdough Ridge toward the Northern Loop.
Jul 7, 2017 near Eatonville, WA
Western anemone on Sourdough Ridge.
Mar 5, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Nearing Sunrise, on our descent on the Sourdough Ridge trail
Mar 5, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Just gotta take a picture
Sep 23, 2018 near Greenwater, WA
Governors Ridge, view from Sunrise Point
Mar 5, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
The trail follows the ridge back to Sunrise.
Feb 9, 2016 near Eatonville, WA

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Aug 8, 2020
Amber Chestnut
East to Dege Peak. 800 elevation gain. Moderate trail. 4.2mi
Aug 4, 2020
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Aug 3, 2020
Lawrence Chiu
Sep 21, 2019
Adrian Castrillo
Sep 1, 2019
David Scott
Aug 27, 2019
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Aug 11, 2019
Dan Hanus
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Jul 22, 2019
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