Glacier Basin (Mount Rainier)

A moderate, 7 mile round trip hike with 1,700 feet of elevation gain. The trail ascends the upper White River valley through forest, past mining relics, flower meadows and ends in glacial moraine with views of Mount Rainier and Saint Elmo Pass. Make it a challenging loop trip by hiking up to Sunrise across Burroughs Mountain and looping back to the White River Campground through Glacier Basin.


Drive SR-410 to the White River entrance of Mount Rainier National Park. Turn right on Sunrise Rd, then turn left onto White River Rd and follow it until it ends at White River Campground. The trailhead is located at the upper end of the "D" campground loop (4,300 ft). 

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Glacier Basin

6.8 miles round trip with 1,650 feet of elevation gain, 5,975 ft high point

Hike the Glacier Basin Trail 3.4 mile to Glacier Basin Camp and spectacular views of Mount Rainier.

Emmons Moraine

3 miles round trip with 880 feet of elevation gain, 5,100 ft high point

Hike the Glacier Basin Trail 0.9 mile, bear left onto the Emmons Moraine Trail, and continue 0.6 mile to the edge of the Emmons Moraine at 5,400 ft.

Sunrise & Glacier Basin Loop

10 miles round trip with 3,200 feet of elevation gain, 7,400 ft high point

Explore Sunrise the old-fashioned way, by foot! This strenuous hike starts at the White River campground and climbs up 2.5 miles to just west and below the Sunrise parking lot. From the Sunrise meadows, turn left (west) and hike 2.3 miles up the ridge towards Burroughs. Hike up to Second Burroughs for another mile, then continue out towards Third Burroughs. If time allows, climb up Third Burroughs. Descend 1.5 miles to the Glacier Basin trail and then follow that trail 2.6 miles back to White River campground.

  • Southern exposure of the trail up to the ridge may allow for earlier hiking, possibly before the road to Sunrise opens (usually around July 4th).
  • The above description is for the loop counter-clockwise. It could also be done clockwise.
  • Suitable Activities: Day Hiking
  • Seasons: July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 7.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,700 ft
  • 6,000 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Rainier National Park
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
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  • Glacier Basin
  • Emmons Moraine
  • Emmons Moraine Trail
  • Sunrise Loop
  • Glacier Basin Loop
  • Sunrise & Glacier Basin Loop
  • Glacier Basin & Sunrise Loop

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