Northwest Hiking Trails

Sunrise, Emmons Moraine Trail

Trip report by: Bill DeYoung

"I would definitely recommend this trip to a friend."

Just a quick note on a quick trip on an October Sunday afternoon to Sunrise on Mt Rainier. There were a few snow patches on the road up and the parking lot was clear. The trails have about 6" of snow and the wind was about 20 mph. We hiked part way to Burroughs Mt and came back. Pretty amazing to see the Sunrise parking lot with 2 cars.

We went back down to the White River campground lot and hiked out the Emmons Glacier Moraine trail (1.5mi). An easy, pleasant trail that crosses Interfork of the White river (the fork of the White river that comes out of Glacier Basin) and follows part way up the ridge that descends East from MT Ruth. You get nice views of the Emmons Glacier snout, but don't get very close unless you continue on past the end of the maintained trail. A pleasant walk on an October day. Rock fall was audible across the river valley, but I couldn't spot it.

Note: This is backcountry wilderness travel. Any trail can become very dangerous in winter conditions. You are responsible for informing yourself of the hazards and taking the necessary precautions. Please read Terms of Use.

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