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Mount Fremont

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Trail

6.0 mile 9.7 kilometer loop
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 21, 2019
Jess Earp
Aug 28, 2019
Nadia F
Aug 13, 2019
Paul Billings
Aug 13, 2019
Jennie Cheng
Jul 25, 2019
Rachel Forney
Jul 19, 2019
Patrick McIlmoyle
Jul 2, 2019
Nathan Mueller
only went to frozen lake 3mi — 1h 41m
Oct 20, 2018
Jenny Tam
Bring layers! Saw mountain goats 6mi

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  4.7 from 15 votes

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#493

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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
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
Nearing Sunrise, on our descent on the Sourdough Ridge trail
Mar 5, 2015 near Eatonville, WA

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