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The mountain views from any point on this hike are superb and Burroughs offers some of the very best.

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7,345' 2,239 m


6,200' 1,890 m


1,387' 423 m


1,389' 423 m



Avg Grade (4°)


Max Grade (17°)

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Check current trail conditions before starting your hike! Early season conditions on this trail may be hazardous due to steep snow-covered slopes. Please travel only on the constructed trails and help minimize impact on this delicate environment.

Permits are required for camping. Fires are prohibited. No pets on trails. Treat water before drinking.


Splendid vistas and a manageable distance make this an accessible and memorable experience.


The trailhead is located on the south side of the Sunrise parking area. Take the Sunrise Rim trail south and then west (right) from the parking lot, soaking in the stupendous views as you go. At a junction with Wonderland Trail, keep right to follow Wonderland to the west.

Wonderland Trail then turns southward and passes Shadow Lake on a level grade. Just past the lake, look for a junction with Burroughs Mountain Trail and keep left to take it. Burroughs Mountain Trail climbs sharply to an overlook on the White River and Emmons Glacier. Beyond the overlook, the route continues up and onto the wide, flat plateau of First Burroughs Mountain, reaching a junction with the North Burroughs Mountain trail to Frozen Lake in 1.5 miles.

From that junction, follow the trail to the west for roughly 0.7 miles to the summit of Burroughs Mountain. The mountain views from any point on this trail are superb and Burroughs Mountain offers possibly the finest, most assessable tundra in the Cascades.

Although there is no camp on Burroughs Mountain, Sunrise Camp lies along the way, approximately one mile from the parking area. It is popular with families who wish to travel only a short distance before making camp.

Flora & Fauna

Lush meadows, part of the subalpine parkland, ring Mount Rainier at elevations from 5,000 feet to about 7,000 feet (approx. 1500-2100 meters). The meadows are a favorite spectacle for park visitors, who flock to the mountain to see the elaborate wildflower displays blooming in the meadows. The subalpine meadows can be cloaked in snow well into the month of June if not later, driving the wildflowers to bloom aggressively in order to take advantage of the short growing season. The short season also affects the type of plant communities found in the meadows.

History & Background

The peak on Mount Rainier's northeast slope honors naturalist and essayist John Burroughs.


Shared By:

Brian Smith

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Subalpine lake: Shadow Lake
Feb 26, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
This mountain's scale in incomprehensible...
Feb 26, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Deciding whether to continue to 3rd Burroughs
Sep 23, 2018 near Greenwater, WA
This was taken from the end of the Burroughs Trails which start at the Sunrise Visitor Center in Mount Rainier National Park.
Oct 7, 2016 near Eatonville, WA
Through the trail near Sunrise
Feb 26, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
Making my way around Mt. Rainier via the Burroughs Mountain Trail.
Jan 25, 2018 near Eatonville, WA



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Jul 16, 2023
Tim L
Great hike, not that hard. Just steady incline. Great Rainier views.
Jul 30, 2021
Adamson Bryant
with Dad 10mi
Jul 24, 2021
Hills Chill
Jul 18, 2021
Sungyeal Kim
Jul 17, 2021
Chris Winikor
Great hike, very exposed after the first 1.5 miles. This trail only covers the first two Burroughs. A tough addon but the 3rd burrough is worth it
Sep 20, 2020
Sungyeal Kim
Sep 18, 2020
Sungyeal Kim
Sep 6, 2020
Abby Hric

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