Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Hike at Sunrise on Mt. Rainier Before Season Ends!

An easy 2 hour day trip from the Yakima Valley, or a great stop off Hwy 410 on your way to Yakima Valley Wine Country, Sunrise, on Mt. Rainer offers day hikes and an amazing viewpoint for watching the sun rise in the morning. At an elevation of 6,400 feet the trails meander above the tree line. Upon entering the National Forest about 2 miles off Hwy 410, you will receive maps of these trails. The Sunrise Visitor Center is 14 winding miles from the entrance of the park and is open daily from early July to early October. The Sunrise Day Lodge is open until late September and offers food service and a gift shop, but no overnight lodging. The trail from the Sunrise Visitor Center parking lot leads the hiker up a moderately steep hill, which you can return by or choose to do a 1 mile loop. As you continue toward Frozen Lake you will see three Burrows Mountains. Sunrise Visitor Center in Distance In the picture on the right three Burroughs are the three grey hills in front of Mt. Rainer. First Burroughs is the largest hill to the left. At Frozen Lake below you may choose to continue around to the lookout point, back to the Sunrise Visitor Center or or toward the 3 Burroughs. The view is spectacular hiking up to 1st Burroughs. This is a steep trail and you can choose to continue on to 3nd Burroughs. 3rd Burroughss has no trail and is more of a scramble up the hill. At the top is a spectacular Emmons Glacier overlook.
If you are planning on greeting the sun as it rises on Mt Rainer, the closest campground is the White River Campground at an elevation 4,400 Ft., and 112 sites. This campground is open until mid September and is located about 12 miles from Sunrise.

After your exhilarating hike proceed down the mountain on Hwy 410 toward Yakima and stop at
Whistlin' Jack Lodge for breakfast or lunch. End your day in the Yakima Valley sipping wine at one of Washington premier wineries.

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