Huckleberry Creek Trail

A moderate 9 mile one-way hike with 400 ft in elevation gain if you start at Sunrise or 3,800 ft in elevation gain if you start at Forest Road 73. This hike takes you through old-growth forest, waterfalls, Forest Lake along Huckleberry Creek with grand views of Mount Rainier and McNeeley Peak.

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

Hike about 0.5 mi north and west out of Sunrise on the Sourdough Trail, gaining 400 feet of elvation. Turn right onto the Huckleberry Creek Trail at the junction at 6,800 ft.  Continue 8.5 mi, descending 3,800 feet on the Huckleberry Creek Trail until its other end at Forest Road 73.

Notes

  • National Park Entrance Fee needed for the trailhead at Sunrise.
  • Northwest Forest Pass needed for the trailhead on Forest Road 73.
  • Can be done also be done as a key exchange day hike.

Approach & Ascent (scramble)

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.

  • 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
Map
  • Trails Illustrated Mount Rainier National Park
  • Green Trails Mt Rainier East No. 270
  • Green Trails Mount Rainier Wonderland No. 269SX
Activities

Upcoming Activities

Alpine Scramble - Burnt Park Loop

Scrambling Trip
An unexpected gem of a loop in the NE corner of Mountain Rainier National Park,
Difficulty: Strenuous 4, Technical 2
Sun, Jul 18, 2021
Prerequisites, Leader's Permission Required
2 participants
Registration opens Jun 28
Seattle Branch
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  • Huckleberry Creek
  • Burnt Park Loop
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