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A lovely hike to an old firetower atop Mount Fremont.


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6.0

Miles

9.7

KM

Out and Back

7,166' 2,184 m

High

6,403' 1,952 m

Low

1,016' 310 m

Up

1,016' 310 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

23%

Max Grade (13°)

Dogs No Dogs

Features Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Overview

This hike begins and ends at one of the most popular areas in the park and dips its toes into some of the best surrounding attractions. Sourdough Ridge, Frozen Lake and, of course, Mount Fremont are visited.

Description

From the Sunrise Parking area, take the Sourdough Ridge Access trail to the Sourdough Ridge Connector and turn left. Once on Sourdough Ridge, Views of the White River Valley, Rainier and lush green surroundings abound as you hike.

At mile 3.3, the Huckleberry Creek Trail will branch off to the right (North) and descend steeply from the ridge. Stay straight to keep on the Sourdough Ridge Trail. The final stretch of the trail descends and contours to a terminus at Frozen Lake.

The trail to Mt. Fremont traverses the west side of a rocky ridge for 1.4 miles to a fire lookout built in the 1930s.

Beginning with a slight descent and flat section, the trail quickly transitions to a steep ascent to gain the ridge. Once atop the ridge, the trail traverses to the north and eventually terminates at the Mt. Fremont fire lookout. On a clear day, hikers can enjoy superb views of Mount Rainier, the Cascades, and the Olympic Mountains. North of the lookout lies the spectacular meadows of Grand Park.

Flora & Fauna

Open forest and meadows predominate for most of this route. During the height of summer, the flowering meadows of Spray Park rival the beauty of any in the park.

Contacts

Shared By:

Brian Smith

Trail Ratings

  4.8 from 27 votes

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Photos

A view of Mount Rainier from the trail.
Feb 9, 2016 near Eatonville, WA
The rocky/scree slope ridge in the left foreground is Burroughs Mountain.
Aug 30, 2017 near Eatonville, WA
Mount Rainier from the Mt. Fremont Lookout Tower. It's a great view.
Feb 9, 2016 near Buckley, WA
Just gotta take a picture
Sep 23, 2018 near Greenwater, WA
Nearing Sunrise, on our descent on the Sourdough Ridge trail
Mar 5, 2015 near Eatonville, WA
The trail leading out to the Mount Fremont Lookout.   It's rocky, but fairly easy.  You'll notice it is exposed, so make sure you bring sunscreen.
Feb 5, 2016 near Eatonville, WA

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Jul 4, 2024
Tom Herr
We saw 19 mountain goats on our way up. It was a steady up, but not too rough. Great vista of Grant Park from the observation tower. Must do! 6mi
Sep 15, 2023
Sara Becker
Fire house lookout, saw mountain goats 5.8mi — 2h 51m
Aug 26, 2023
Jesmine Pradhan
6mi
Aug 26, 2023
Private User
Aug 25, 2023
Frances Lu
11.6mi — 3h 28m
Jul 29, 2023
Melanie Wimmer
Views socked in by clouds that rolled in, but still a great hike! 6mi
Jul 22, 2023
Emma M
Did with Justin!
Sep 24, 2022
Travis Allen
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