Third Burroughs & Skyscraper Traverse

A snow and/or rock scramble of 9 miles with 3,000 feet of elevation gain in the northeast corner of Mount Rainier National Park.

getting there

From SR-410, turn into Sunrise Road and enter Mount Rainier National Park at the the White River entrance. Follow Sunrise Road until it ends at the Sunrise Visitor Center (6,400 ft).

approach & ascent

Follow the trail to Second Burroughs (7,402 ft) and continue on trail toward Third Burroughs. The trail may be covered in snow in early July. From Third Burroughs (the southerly peak is considered the higher though they appear to be about the same elevation), travel back and find a fairly easy slope leading into the valley. The point to leave the trail and head into valley is at a bearing of around 10 degrees pointing toward Skyscraper Mountain. Gain ridge and travel on it to Skyscraper Mountain (7,078 ft). Return via the Wonderland Trail.

  • Suitable Activities: Scrambling
  • Seasons: July, August, September, October
  • Weather: View weather forecast
  • Difficulty: Technical 3, Strenuous 3, Snow Scramble, Rock Scramble
  • Length: 9.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,000 ft
  • 7,828 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
  • USGS Sunrise
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