Burroughs Mountain


Day Hike - Third Burroughs Mountain

A strenuous, 10 mile hike with 2,200 feet of elevation gain from Sunrise to the Third Burroughs with spectacular views of Columbia Crest on Mount Rainier on a fine day

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  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 10.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 2,200 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 7,900 ft
  • Pace: 2 MPH Av. moving speed

8:15 AM at USDA Forest Service Office in Enumclaw.

Directions and full trip details will be sent to participants as soon as registration closes.


If you are hoping for a ride you will have a better chance if you set your profile to "Open" and provide carpool information such as the area you live in and locations you can reach by transit to meet a driver.

 BY REGISTERING THIS LEADER CONSIDERS YOU MADE A COMMITMENT TO THE TRIP. It's only good form to cancel in the event of an injury, illness or an emergency. Even if there are people on the wait list it's often difficult to move them up close to the trip date. THANK YOU!

TRIP DESCRIPTION: Starting at the Sunrise Visitor Center at 6,400 ft. we will hike to Frozen Lake by way of the old Sunrise Campground and Shadow Lake. We will then ascend First Burroughs and then Second Burroughs at 7402 ft. If the visibility is good we will go on to the Third Burroughs at 7,828 ft. to enjoy further great views. On our return trip we take the Sourdough trail route from Frozen Lake back to Sunrise.

Our hike will be led at a moderate pace (average 2 mph moving speed). This will be an approximately 10 miles round trip with over 2,200 ft. elevation gain if we summit the Third Burroughs. It's important that we can all keep together in one group. So, if you think this pace may be too slow or two fast or too long for you it may not be a good choice.

in view of the high elevation starting at 6,400 ft. for those of us acclimatized to sea level living, 2,200 ft. of elevation gain in 5 miles can be a bit of a challenge. So, a high level of fitness and stamina is required. We will have breaks along the trail for water and snacks, clothing adjustments etc. 

All vehicles taken to the trailhead, that's within the Mt. Rainier National Park, will require a Mt. Rainier or National Parks Pass. 

The trail is in the open so please be prepared with sunscreen and lots of water.

Full trip details including carpool information provided by participants who have set their profiles to "Open" will be emailed soon after registration closes at 5 pm on Aug. 26. PLEASE LOOK OUT FOR THIS EMAIL!

Please contact the leader with any questions: Chris Ensor ctrails@comcast.net



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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