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6.7 mile 10.8 kilometer loop


Ascent: 1,387' 423 m
Descent: -1,389' -423 m
High: 7,345' 2,239 m
Low: 6,200' 1,890 m


Avg Grade: 8% (4°)
Max Grade: 31% (17°)


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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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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.


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Oct 21, 2018
Alexandra Papoutsaki
Sep 16, 2018
Deirdra Parker
sunrise rim to first burrough. went back on burrough trail to sourdough ridge trail back to visitor center. Snowed first half, sun came out late 6mi
Sep 3, 2018
Garret Maier
Aug 5, 2018
Sophia Riffkin
Jul 28, 2018
Kondal Reddy
Jul 4, 2018
Kyle Engel
Jessica 6.7mi
Aug 26, 2017
Hana Sexton
Absolutely breath taking. My favorite hike yet. Lots of different scenery. Wild flowers of every color. 6.7mi
Aug 20, 2017
Brad Strathman
Great view of Emmons Glacier and headwaters of the White River and Glacier Basin. We looped out passing Frozen Lake and Shadow Lake. 6.8mi

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