Burroughs Mountain


Day Hike - Burroughs Mountain

Gorgeous hike on Mt. Rainier's less-visited east side! This is for Olympia Branch Conditioning Hiking Series students. Trip may be opened to general membership at leader discretion.

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  • Easy, Strenuous
  • For Beginners (Getting Started Series)
  • Mileage: 7.4 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 900 ft

Meeting location information will be sent to registered participants.


This is a Conditioning Hiking Series hike for Olympia CHS students; it is not a general hike. This hike will go with 2 or more CHS students and will be canceled Aug. 22 if no students sign up. 

Walk through an otherworldly landscape on the northeast side of Mt. Rainier. The trail leaves from Sunrise Visitors Center, through a dry, tundra-like area, past a frozen lake and up to the 1st Burrough, and then up some more to the 2nd. All with views of Rainier panning out in front of us!

August can be prime wildflower time on that side of the mountain, so we may take the meadowy Sunrise Rim loop back past Sunrise Camp and above the Emmons Moraine, with dramatic views of the park's eastern mountains as well as hanging meadows, lakes and glacier drainage far below. 

If we feel like rock stars, we'll go for 3rd Burrough - striking views onto the Winthrop and Emmons Glacier and Little Tahoma. This requires a descent from 7400ft and ascent back up to 7800, and back down and up on the way out, so it's a lot of elevation at a higher altitude, but it can be fun.  

How far we go will be a decision based on group strength and unamimous interest. That said, please don't schedule a set return time, because we will be hungry - especially if we do the 3rd Burrough - and need a well-deserved meal on the way home!


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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