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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:

5.5 miles

Elevation gain:

1200 feet

Hiking time, round-trip:

3 hours

Wilderness camps:

No

Several Sunrise trails share the same trailhead at the north end of the Sunrise parking area. The trail to Mount Fremont Lookout is among them. Please note: off-trail hiking is not allowed in the Sunrise area.

From the trailhead near the restrooms at Sunrise, this trail climbs for 0.3 mile, then follows Sourdough Ridge west. At 1.5 miles, just past Frozen Lake, you'll find a five-way junction. From there, the trail 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 lie the spectacular meadows of Grand Park.


Backpacking:


The closest camps to Mount Fremont Lookout are located near Sunrise and at the northern end of Berkeley Park. There is no camping at or around the lookout itself. Permits are required for camping. Fires are prohibited. No pets on trails. Treat water before drinking.

Did You Know?

President Taft visits Paradise in 1911.

In 1911, President William Howard Taft's touring car was the first vehicle to drive the newly-built road to Paradise. The road was very muddy, and the car had to be pulled through the upper portion by a team of mules. Learn more about Mount Rainier's transportation history at the following link: More...