Day Hike - Burroughs Mountain


Day Hike - Burroughs Mountain

A hike to Third Burroughs with spectacular close-up views of the north face of Mt. Rainier.

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  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,900 ft

Issaquah Transit Center at 7:00am.

If there are participants coming from the South (Tacoma, Olympia) arrangements will be made to rendezvous in Enumclaw.

This trip is all about the incredible close-up views of Mt. Rainier from the summit of Third Burroughs, the highest hikeable point in the Sunrise area of Mt. Rainier and one of the closest vantage points to the large glaciers on its north face, especially the  Winthrop Glacier and Inter Glacier.   Weather permitting we will luxuriate on the summit for 60 - 90 minutes to allow time for a leisurely lunch while enjoying the views and taking pictures.  Though we will pass by many other beautiful sights along the way we will resist the urge to stop and admire them, and instead hike straight through (with the usual breaks) in order to maximize the amount of time we have on the summit -- the other wonders of Summerland are saved for another day.

The pace will be moderate, with the tentative goal of reaching the summit of Third Burroughs in approximately 2.5 hours.   The group will decide whether to return via an alternate route through Sunrise Camp, which will add variety but also another mile to the trek. 

Serious photographers are welcome, but please don't come so burdened with gear that you can't keep up.

Because most of the trip is on high ridges, a forecast of lightning will cancel.


Burroughs Mountain

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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