CHS 1 Hike - Third Burroughs Mountain

Field trip: Conditioning Hiking Series

CHS 1 Hike - Third Burroughs Mountain

Midweek hike to Fremont Lookout and Third Burroughs, the highest hike destination in Rainier NP.

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  • Strenuous
  • Challenging
  • Mileage: 12.5 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 3,016 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 7,826 ft
  • Pace: 1.5 - 2.0 mph

Tibbets Park and Ride in Issaquah at 6:00am.   If there are participants coming from the South additional arrangements may be made to rendezvous in Enumclaw.

This is a work day for most people, so to avoid commute traffic we will meet early and take a eastern driving route that avoids most of the urban congestion.

The Sunrise area of Rainier offers spectacular views everywhere you look, and no hiking destination in the area is more spectacular than the summit of Third Burroughs, the highest hikeable point in Rainier NP and one of the closest vantage points to the large glaciers on the north face of The Mountain, especially of the Winthrop Glacier and Inter Glacier.   Though Third Burroughs is less visited than the rest of Sunrise, our return route will pass through the popular Sunrise front country, so we'll visit midweek to avoid the crowds. 

We'll take a clockwise route passing through the Sunrise backcountry campsite then following the less traveled Sunrise Rim and Burroughs Loop Trails to the summit of Third Burroughs.  (This route has amazing views of the north face of Rainier almost the whole way, and the view just gets better and better as you go.) After snacking and taking in the view there, we'll head north along the Burroughs Mountain and Fremont Mountain trails to Fremont Lookout before following Sourdough Ridge back to the trailhead.

After the hike we'll get some food in Greenwater.  Or if the hour is late we may make an abbreviated stop at Wapati Woolies for ice cream before heading back home, since this is a midweek trip.


Burroughs Mountain

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

Ten Essential Systems

  1. Navigation (map & compass)
  2. Sun protection (sunglasses & sunscreen)
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination (headlamp/flashlight)
  5. First-aid supplies
  6. Fire (waterproof matches/lighter/candle)
  7. Repair kit and tools
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter (tent/plastic tube tent/garbage bag)
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