Burroughs Mountain


Alpine Scramble - Burroughs Mountain

A great snow scramble to 3 mountains that this time of year we will have to ourselves. Priority signup to Seattle Scramble students who have not been on a snow scramble.

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  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Elevation Gain: 4,000 ft

 Meet at the South Renton Park and Ride South End of lot at 6:00 AM

In mid-summer, after all the snow has melted, a very popular hike at Mount Rainier is to go from the Sunrise visitor center out to Second Burroughs Mountain.  However, if you have been there on a summer weekend, you know how crowded and un-wilderness the area can be.

Join me on May 9th and have the whole ridge to ourselves as we scramble 1st, 2nd and 3rd Burroughs and if the weather is fine, we will follow the ridge over toward St Elmo’s Pass to point 7640+ that looks down on to glaciers on both sides.

The road to the White River trailhead is scheduled to open on May 1st.  The road to Sunrise won’t open until June.  This means that we can drive to the valley below Sunrise and hike up to the ridge when no cars can get anywhere near it.

At the White River Trailhead, there might be some other scramblers, but most likely, they will be headed further south to Mt Ruth, (which is also a nice scramble).  There will also be skiers, headed to the Inner Glacier.  But I bet nobody will be headed up to Burroughs.

By the way, this will be an excellent scramble for this year’s Scramble Course students.

Here is what the peaks look like in July.  Expect a bunch more snow in May.

Here is a link to a topo map that is centered on Third Burroughs  (7828’).  Look at the map and you can see Second Burroughs (7402’) to the right.  Further right is Sunrise and below that, the White River trail head.

Here are some photos of the area somebody took at the end of June from Saint Elmo's pass.  This first one the link goes to is back toward Third Burroughs.

From the White River trailhead, we will hike north straight up the trail towards Sunrise until around 5400', where if we are on snow at that point we will then veer off to the west toward the peaks.  From the summit of third Burroughs we will either follow the route of the trail  down to Glacier Basin and loop back, OR continue on to point 7640+ near St Elmo’s Pass and glissade down to the foot of the Inner Glacier and then down to Glacier Basin.

NOTE:  The map you see below on this webpage does NOT show our route.  It shows the summer hike.  We start lower and scramble up higher.


Burroughs Mountain

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