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Trail

6.0 mile 9.7 kilometer loop
Singletrack
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,016' 310 m
Descent: -1,016' -310 m
High: 7,166' 2,184 m
Low: 6,403' 1,952 m

Grade

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

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Trail shared by Brian Smith

A lovely hike to an old firetower atop Mount Fremont.

Brian Smith

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.

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Sep 4, 2019
Anna Ortung
Done with Morgen, Megan B., Hannah F., and Hailey
Oct 20, 2018
Jenny Tam
Bring layers! Saw mountain goats 6mi
Oct 19, 2018
Pieter Ribbens
6.6mi
Sep 23, 2018
Atanas Malamov
6mi
Aug 21, 2018
Nathan Allen
Aug 5, 2018
Sophia Riffkin
6mi
Jul 30, 2018
Savannah Sanford
Jul 27, 2018
Virginia Gulett
Did the loop and ended with the service road 6.5mi

Trail Ratings

  4.7 from 12 votes

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#629

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in Sunrise

#48

in Washington

#629

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