Huckleberry Creek

A moderate 9-mile one-way hike with 400 feet of elevation gain from a start at Sunrise or 3,800 feet of elevation gain from a start at Forest Road 73. Travel through old-growth forest and waterfalls, past Forest Lake, and along Huckleberry Creek with grand views of Mount Rainier and McNeeley Peak. It's also possible to loop through Sunrise and Grand Park to Lake Eleanor.

getting there

From SR-410 turn west onto Huckleberry Creek Road (Forest Road 73) and drive to the Huckleberry Creek Trailhead (2,900 ft). Leave a car here. Then drive to Sunrise in Mount Rainier National Park via the White River entrance.

on the trail

Huckleberry Creek

9 miles one-way,

Hike about 0.5 mile north and west out of Sunrise on the Sourdough Trail, gaining 400 feet of elevation. Turn right onto the Huckleberry Creek Trail at the junction at 6,800 ft.  Continue 8.5 miles, descending 3,800 feet on the Huckleberry Creek Trail until its other end at Forest Road 73. This route can be done also be done as a key exchange day hike.

Huckleberry Creek–Sunrise Area–Lake Eleanor Loop

18-mile loop with a short 4.1-mile car shuttle, 4,700 feet of elevation gain

Suggested Itinerary
  • Day 1: Drop a car off at the Lake Eleanor Trailhead. Drive 4.1 miles to the Huckleberry Creek Trailhead. Hike the Huckleberry Creek trail to and camp at night at Forrest Lake. It's 6.8 miles, +2,785 ft/-49 feet of elevation gain/loss.
  • Day 2: Hike to and camp at Berkeley Park. It's 4.9 miles and +1,293 ft/-1,347 feet of elevation gain/loss with a possible side trip to Fremont Lookout.
  • Day 3: Hike to the Lake Eleanor Trailhead and drive to the Huckleberry Creek Trailhead to retrieve vehicles. It's 6.4 miles and +678 ft/-1,691 feet of elevation gain/loss.

scramble Route

Burnt Park Loop

10-mile loop, 4,000 feet of elevation gain, difficulty: Strenuous 3, Technical 1

Hike south on the Huckleberry Creek Trail from the Huckleberry Creek Trailhead. Head southeast shortly before Josephine Creek, ascending to the ridge that circles Burnt Park. Follow the ridge around Burnt Park and then north back to the trailhead.


  • Suitable Activities: Backpacking, Day Hiking, Scrambling
  • Seasons: July, August, September
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Length: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 400 ft
  • 6,800 ft
  • Land Manager: Mount Rainier National Park
    Mount Rainier Wilderness
  • Parking Permit Required: National Park Entrance Fee
  • Recommended Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Party Size: 12
  • Maximum Route/Place Capacity: 12
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
  • Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park
  • Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270
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