Burroughs Mountain


Day Hike - First & Second Burroughs Mountain

Sunrise trip starting from White River, before the road opens. Expect snow. Microspikes, poles and snow travel experience required.

  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,800 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 7,000 ft
  • Pace: 2 mph on average, slower on steep stuff

White River Campground/Glacier Basin trailhead at 0800.

Road to Sunrise will not have opened yet, so we will start from Sunrise. Note that the Timed Entry program for Sunrise does not start until July 4th.  Expect snow. Microspikes, poles and snow travel experience required. Hopefully we will have a chance to explore the area without the usual summer crowds. 

My goals for this trip are as follows:

1. Be safe.

2. Make it to 2nd Burroughs

3. Learn something

My expectations for trip participants are as follows:

1. Practice Leave No Trace principles.

2. Have the physical conditioning necessary for this trip. The Wonderland trail from White River to Sunrise rim is pretty gentle but consistent uphill. There is one narrow gully that if snow-covered will require careful navigation. The elevation gain is 2500-3000' but it will feel like more if we are hiking in snow a lot of the time. 

3. Be respectful of all participants. 

4. Have the necessary gear. Expect significant sun exposure even if overcast, so you will need sun protection, sunscreen, glacier glasses, etc. 


Burroughs Mountain

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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