“A beautiful ridge top trail with views and wildflowers abound.”
— Brian Smith
Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
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.
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.