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blueBlack Sourdough Ridge

Trail

4.2 mile 6.7 kilometer point to point
Intermediate/Difficult

Elevation

Ascent: 1,006' 307 m
Descent: -367' -112 m
High: 6,812' 2,076 m
Low: 6,131' 1,869 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (4°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

A beautiful ridge top trail with views and wildflowers abound.

Brian Smith

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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Sep 27, 2018
Danilo Quezada
nice trail 4.2mi
Aug 11, 2018
Huiyu Zhou
With FIUTS, strong sunshine, made friends
Jul 27, 2018
Makepeace Middleton
8.4mi
Nov 15, 2017
Linda Kim
Sep 2, 2017
Gavin Hawkins
Dege Peak Trail segment of Sourdough
Aug 11, 2017
Richard Marcucella
4mi
Jul 27, 2017
Avery Dale
Breathtaking views in all directions for the entire hike. Went from Sunrise Point Parking Lot to Sunrise Lodge, did not continue. Flowers everywhere. 2.9mi
Jul 14, 2017
Annie Del
2mi

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  4.5 from 4 votes

#8

in Sunrise

#5171

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in Sunrise

#230

in Washington

#5,171

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