• Mount Rainier peeks through clouds, viewed across subalpine wildflowers and glacial moraine.

    Mount Rainier

    National Park Washington

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Mount Fremont Lookout Trail

Trail route from Sunrise to Mount Fremont Lookout/ NW.
A map of the Mount Fremont Lookout Trail route from Sunrise.  Use of a topographic map of the area is recommended.
 

Trail Description:

Distance, round-trip:

5.6 miles

Elevation gain:

900 feet

Hiking time, round-trip:

3 hours

Wilderness camps:

None

The trailhead starts at 6,400 feet elevation at Sunrise and climbs moderately a short distance to the top of Sourdough Ridge. Follow the Sourdough Ridge trail west to the five way trial intersection at Frozen Lake. From there, the trail to Mt. Fremont traverses the west side of a rocky ridge for another 1.3 miles to a fire lookout built in the 1930s.


Along the Trail:


The entire trail from Sunrise to the lookout is through meadowland and over rocky crags. On a clear day hikers can enjoy superb views of Mount Rainier, the Cascades, and the Olympic Mountains. North of the lookout lies the spectacular meadows of Grand Park.


Backpacking:


There is no camping at or around the lookout. Permits are required for camping. Fires are prohibited. No pets on trails. Treat water before drinking.

Did You Know?

Northwest face of Mount Rainier and Emmons Glacier as seen from Sunrise.

Mount Rainier is the most heavily glaciated peak in the lower 48 states at 35 square miles of snow and ice with Emmons Glacier being the largest by surface area with 4.3 square miles of ice. The Emmons is best viewed from Sunrise on the NE side of the mountain.