Burroughs Mountain


Backpack - Burroughs-Sourdough-Sunrise Rim Loop

Three day/two night early season exploration of the Sunrise area of Mount Rainier. The road to Sunrise will be closed and we will start at the Glacier Basin TH and hike up. We will be traveling both off-trail and on snow. We will visit Sunrise Rim, 1st and 2nd Burroughs Mtn., Huckleberry Basin, McNeeley Peak, Glacier Basin, Sourdough Ridge and more. Expect an adventure and solitude. Leader Permission is Required. Please read the Leader's Note in detail.

  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 29.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 8,000 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 7,800 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2.0

Meet at the White River Campground/Glacier Basin TH at 10 AM.  Entrance fee or America the Beautiful Pass required to enter Mount Rainier NP.  No entry reservation required.  Those start on July 4th.

Getting There

From Enumclaw, head east on Highway 410 for 43 miles to the White River entrance to the park. Turn right onto Sunrise Road and follow it for five miles, then cross the White River and turn left onto the White River Road. Follow the road to its end at the White River Campground. The trailhead is at the upper end of the loop in the campground.

This is a challenging, yet rewarding trip.  We will be traveling on snow and off-trail for several parts of the trip.  Microspikes are required.  We will be camping off-the-grid in cross-country zones. 

Here is the proposed route: https://www.gaiagps.com/map/?loc=12.2/-121.6829/46.9136&pubLink=cSFL0kQC26YfXIVyiFrCLkmE&folderId=df17a219-e40d-4f45-a469-8ff79a0c61e2

In requesting Leader's Permission, please answer the following three questions:

1) What backpacking trips have you done in the past year or so that demonstrate you can do this sort of trip?  Please list the date, location, mileage and elevation gain.  

2) What activities have you been doing during this past winter/spring that demonstrate you are in excellent conditioning do this early season more challenging trip--three days, 29 miles, about 2500' gain per day.

3) Do you have experience with off-trail travel or travel on snow?  Are you comfortable with this sort of travel?  Will you bring microspikes?

I hope you can join me.  This should be a unique adventure.  Rob


Burroughs Mountain

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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